OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - A judge sentenced Brandon Theesfeld to life in prison for the July 2019 murder of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial.
Theesfeld, a native of Texas, appeared in court Friday charged with capital murder. He asked Circuit Judge Kelly Luther to accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge.
Ole Miss student Ally Kostial was murdered in 2019. Credit: Ally Kostial / Facebook.
“We were facing the death penalty,” defense attorney Tony Farese said. “Based on the facts of this case, we were able to obtain the best result possible, which was reduction of a charge to first-degree murder.”
Kostial, 21, of St. Louis, Missouri, was found dead on July 20, 2019, in the Harmontown community of Lafayette County. She had been shot multiple times.
They were both students at Ole Miss; they dated on and off.
A prosecutor announced in court Kostial believed she was pregnant.
She wanted to meet Theesfeld in person, but he first said no. After tweeting a picture of a gun, Theesfeld met with her the night of July 20. She was later found dead.
“We certainly have Brandon causing the death of Ally,” Farese said. “He admitted that, accepted responsibility for that, and he’s being punished for that with a severe punishment."
Asked if he killed Kostial, Theesfeld replied, “yes sir.” He then apologized to the Kostial family.
The prosecutor in the case read statements from the victim’s family sharing how her loss changed their lives.
After all that, the judge accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Theesfeld to life in prison.
However, he’ll become eligible for a conditional release when he turns 65.
“It’s a very sad day for both families,” Farese said.