A former College of Mississippi scholar has pleaded responsible to homicide and sentenced to life in jail for the demise of his Ole Miss classmate, 21-year-old Ally Kostial, whose bullet-riddled physique was found greater than two years in the past.
Brandon Theesfeld, 24, who was initially charged with capital homicide and confronted a doable demise sentence, pleaded responsible Friday to first-degree homicide and admitted capturing Kostial a number of occasions in July 2019, the Oxford Eagle reported.
Lafayette County Choose Kelly Luther accepted Theesfeld’s plea after his protection legal professional Tony Farese and the prosecution agreed on decreasing the cost. First-degree homicide carries a compulsory sentence of life behind bars.
Theesfeld appeared to get emotional as he apologized to each Kostial’s household and his personal — although he didn’t say why he killed her.
“I’m sincerely sorry for the ache I’ve precipitated whereas taking Ally from you,” Theesfeld instructed his sufferer’s household, in keeping with the information outlet.
“My actions have endlessly modified your lives and my household’s lives. I want I might take all of it again however I can’t. There isn’t any excuse for my actions and I’ve requested God for forgiveness. I hope sooner or later that you will see it in your coronary heart to forgive me,” he added.
On Friday, Farese introduced the courtroom with the psychological analysis performed on his shopper in October 2020. It decided that he was sane in addition to mentally competent to face trial.
Assistant DA Mickey Mallette stated in courtroom that the proof confirmed Kostial and Theesfeld met at Ole Miss, the place their friendship would flip romantic from “time to time.”
Earlier than her homicide, Kostial — who had been taking summer time programs, educating yoga and pilates and beginning a golf membership — reportedly confided in her Alpha Phi sorority sisters that she was pregnant with Theesfeld’s child and that he’d been upset when she instructed him.
On April 12, 2019, Kostial instructed him she was involved she is likely to be pregnant and later despatched him a photograph of an inconclusive house being pregnant check, saying she needed to speak in particular person concerning the potential being pregnant.
Theesfeld’s web search historical past revealed he looked for abortion drugs and abortion companies, in keeping with Mallette, who stated he agreed to fulfill with Kostial however would fail to point out up or again out on the final minute for a wide range of causes.
On July 12, 2019, he texted Kostial that he didn’t need to speak together with her.
“There was an allegation that (Kostial) was pregnant. The proof confirmed she was not pregnant,” Farese instructed reporters after the proceedings.
“The post-mortem confirmed that she was not pregnant and there was no proof that she had been pregnant. However, that was a part of the underlying theme of their relationship,” the lawyer stated.
Theesfeld then traveled to the Dallas-Fort Price space and posted a photograph on social media of a .40-caliber Glock pistol with the caption, “Lastly taking my child again to Oxford.”
He additionally searched the web for silencers and suppressors for the weapon, which was purchased by Theesfeld’s father in Texas, in keeping with the proof learn in courtroom.
On July 16, 2019, Theesfeld returned to Oxford, the place he searched on-line for hollow-point ammo, tactical face masks and data on how serial killer Ted Bundy lured victims, the Oxford Eagle reported.
Two days later, he texted Kostial that he might go to her and requested if her home was non-public, in keeping with the proof.
Early on July 20, Theesfeld’s truck was seen on video head towards Kostial’s residence, the place gunshots had been heard later.
Kostial’s physique was discovered just a few hours later together with 11 .40-caliber shell casings. Her purse was discovered a few third of a mile away.
Theesfeld was collared July 22 at a gasoline station in South Memphis, nonetheless in possession of the homicide weapon, in keeping with the report. In his residence, police reportedly discovered
a authorized pad that contained a letter Theesfeld wrote his household.
When police tracked Theesfeld down, he was reported to be sporting bloody garments and maintaining a weapon inside his truck. His attorneys had requested a psychological analysis for his or her shopper on the Mississippi State Psychological Hospital.
“I’m not a great particular person. It’s not your fault,” he wrote. “One thing in me simply doesn’t work. I’ve at all times had horrible ideas. I’ve at all times had these emotions. I simply type of felt off. I believe that is the top for me. I’m both going to jail or going to die. I do know I’m going to get caught.”