A man accused of the death penalty when a college student died in 2019 pleaded guilty to abolishing the death penalty on Friday.
Fort Worth’s 24-year-old Brandon Teesfeld has entered a plea for a single murder in front of Judge Kelly Luther of the Lafayette County Circuit Court, reports several media outlets.
“We were facing the death penalty,” said Tony Farese, a defense lawyer. “Based on the facts of this case, we were able to get the best possible result. It was a reduction in the crime of first-class murder.”
At the age of 65 under a judicial transaction and under a conditional release clause, Teesfeld had a chance of freedom, Farese said.
Theesfeld was arrested on July 24, 2019 for murdering 21-year-old Ally Kostial in St. Louis. Both were students at the University of Mississippi and were occasionally dating, officials said.
According to the press, Costial believes she is pregnant before her death, and Seedsfeld’s text message is four days before her body is found during regular patrols by a representative of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office. , Suggesting that he wanted an abortion. According to preliminary autopsy reports, she died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Theesfeld also posted on social media about having a gun before Kostial’s death.
When asked if he had killed Costial during the hearing, Teesfeld replied, “Yes, Sir.” He then apologized to Kostial’s family.
The case prosecutor read a statement from the victim’s family and shared how her loss changed their lives.
Luther then accepted the plea and sentenced Seedsfeld to life imprisonment.
“It’s a very sad day for both families,” Farese said.