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Former Ole Miss scholar Brandon Theesfeld pleads responsible to homicide in killing of Ally Kostial

Former College of Mississippi scholar Brandon Theesfeld pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide Friday within the July 2019 killing of fellow scholar Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. 

The stays of 21-year-old Kostial, who was working towards a advertising diploma at Ole Miss, have been discovered about 30 miles from campus close to Sardis Lake with a number of gunshot wounds on July 20, 2019. 

Theesfeld, who was a enterprise scholar on the faculty, was arrested two days later at a gasoline station in Memphis, Tennessee, in possession of a .40-caliber Glock. Prosecutors stated in courtroom Friday that ballistics from the scene at Sardis Lake have been a match for his gun. 


Kostial advised Theesfeld three months earlier than she was killed that she was probably pregnant, however Theesfeld responded in messages that “he felt turning into a father at this level in his life would destroy his life,” a prosecutor stated in courtroom Friday, in line with a stream of the proceedings recorded by Fox affiliate KTVI. 

Theesfeld averted assembly in individual with Kostial over the following three months and finally drove to the Dallas space and acquired the Glock handgun a few week earlier than the slaying. 

Brandon Theesfeld, left, is led from the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after being arraigned in connection with the death of 21-year-old University of Mississippi student Alexandria "Ally" Kostial. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

Brandon Theesfeld, left, is led from the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after being arraigned in reference to the dying of 21-year-old College of Mississippi scholar Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle by way of AP)

Kostial was final seen on surveillance video leaving a bar shortly earlier than midnight on July 19. 

Round 1 a.m. on July 20, Theesfeld could possibly be seen driving towards Kostial’s house then driving away towards Sardis Lake. Gunshots have been heard by somebody close to the lake round 2:15 a.m. and GPS coordinates on Theesfeld’s cellphone present him leaving the lake about 30 minutes later, the prosecutor stated Friday. 

The entire bullets in Kostial’s physique that have been complete sufficient for forensic testing have been confirmed to have been fired from Theesfeld’s Glock. 

Authorities carried out a search warrant at Theesfeld’s residence and located a letter addressed to his dad and mom. 

“I’m not individual. It isn’t your fault. One thing in me simply doesn’t work,” the letter stated, in line with the prosecutor. “I’ve all the time had horrible ideas I’ve all the time had these demons. I simply form of fell off. I believe that is the top for me. I’m both going to jail or going to die. I do know I shall be caught.” 

Theesfeld will now be sentenced to life in jail. He apologized to Kostial’s household and his family Friday. 

“I want I may take all of it again however I can’t,” Theesfeld stated. “There isn’t a excuse for my actions. I’ve requested God for forgiveness and I hope that in the future you’ll discover it in your coronary heart to forgive me.”


A letter by Kostial’s mom that was learn in courtroom Friday described her as vibrant, compassionate, candy and hardworking. 

“We take consolation in the truth that Ally won’t ever be outlined by how she was ripped out of our lives, however how she lived her life and all her nice qualities,” the letter stated. 

“Our lives have been endlessly altered and shattered and her absence haunts us day-after-day.”


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