A former University of Mississippi student has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Ally Kostial eight times in the stomach in July 2019 after she sent him inconclusive pregnancy test results.
Brandon Theesfeld, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder of the 21-year-old student in a Lafayette County court, evading a possible death sentence.
The ex-student will be eligible for release when he turns 65 and was visibly emotional in court as he apologized to his victim’s family and his own family. He didn’t admit why he killed her.
The medical examiner’s records show that Kostial’s pregnancy test was inconclusive and that she was not pregnant at the time of her death.
Brandon Theesfeld (pictured August 22, 2019) will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to the July 2019 murder of Alexandria Kostial. Kostial had told him she was pregnant before he killed her.
Kostial, (left), had a relationship with Theesfeld (right). Pictured, the couple in a 2016 social media photo
Theesfeld told the Kostial family, “Sorry for the pain I caused you. I wish I could take it back if I could take it back. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
Kosital’s family released a statement saying they hoped Theesfeld would think of Alexandria every time his cell door slams shut. Fox 13 reported.
“My actions have changed your life and that of my family forever. I wish I could take it all back, but I can’t. There is no excuse for my actions and I have asked God’s forgiveness. I hope one day you will find it in your heart to forgive me,” he added.
“I would like to say that this is a mixed day for Ally and everyone knows that Ally has had a great impact on this community and that is what we want the community and her family and friends to remember,” Vic Haislip, a lawyer for Kostial’s family said.
Kostial’s body was found in a lake 30 miles from the university campus. The police found the body riddled with eight bullets
Pictured, Brandon Theesfeld exiting the Lafayette County courthouse in Oxford, Mississippi on August 22, 2019.
Kostial can be seen on surveillance video leaving a bar (left and right) shortly before midnight on July 19. She returned home around midnight, but left again without anyone hearing
Lafayette County Assistant District Attorney Mickey Mallet said Theesfeld pressured Kostial to have an abortion, but she would always back off.
Prosecutors said Theesfeld thought the pregnancy would ruin his life, so he returned home to Dallas, Texas, to get his pistols and killed Kostial at her residence in Oxford, Mississippi.
On Friday, Tony Farese, Theesfeld’s attorney, presented an October 2020 mental evaluation of his client, which showed he was healthy and fit to stand trial.
Regardless, Farese claimed that drugs and alcohol played a role in his client’s behavior, Fox reported.
Classmates and friends say Theesfeld and Kostial had been in an “unstable” on-again-off-again relationship since 2016, their first year.
Close friends of Kostial told DailyMailTV that the Kirkwood, Missouri co-ed believed she was pregnant with Theesfeld’s child and had told him the news shortly before she was murdered.
Data from Theesfeld’s internet history revealed that he had researched abortion pills and services at the time.
On July 16, 2019, Theesfeld typed in searches for silencers and silencers, hollow point ammunition, tactical face masks and how Ted Bundy lured his victims to death,” the statement said. Dark Horse Press of the court in Lafayette.
Two days later, on July 18, he texted his on-off girlfriend to meet up and asked her if she was home alone.
They said Theesfeld drove to Kostial’s house on July 20, 2019 and shot her eight times, with gun ballistics matching a 40-caliber Glock he owned.
Kostial’s body was found near Mississippi’s Sardis Lake by a police officer while on patrol on July 22
Brendon Theesfled, right, purportedly tired of pressuring Alexandria Kostial to have an abortion when they thought she was pregnant with his child
Surveillance footage shows Theesfeld entering a gas station in Memphis just before his arrest (photo)
Her body was found in a lake 30 miles from the college campus.
Theesfeld is said to have messaged his family the next day to say that he was “a bad person” who always had bad thoughts and that this was probably the end for him.
“We certainly don’t believe he kidnapped Ally, we think this was a scenario involving alcohol and drugs. Ally had been drinking and cocaine all day. I believe this would never have happened without alcohol and drug use on behalf of Brandon,” Farese said.