Man cuts a deal with prosecutors to escape death penalty, agrees to plead guilty to first degree murder in death of girl he thought was pregnant

By Dave Andrusko

Another ugly story of a woman murdered because a boyfriend thought she was pregnant.

Last week Tony Farese, the attorney for Brandon Theesfeld, cut a deal with prosecutors  in Oxford, Mississippi. Facing a capital murder charge in the brutal murder of Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial, Theesfeld agreed to plead guilty to murder in the first degree.

“Under state law, with the change in plea to a first degree murder charge from capital murder, the death penalty and life in prison without the possibility of parole is removed,” reported Jake Thompson for The Oxford Eagle, “Though, the mandatory sentence for a conviction of first degree murder is life in prison.”

Theeself shot Kostial multiple times on July 20, 2019. The case was at “standstill since with requests for a psychiatric evaluation made by Farese in 2019,”  Thompson reported. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trial dates were delayed in Theesfeld’s case.”

The narrative is long and brutal. It began on April 12, 2019, when “Kostial informed Theesfeld she was concerned she might be pregnant and two days later sent him a photo of an inconclusive home pregnancy test,” Thompson reported. “She wanted to get together with Theesfeld and talk in person about the potential pregnancy.”

As he would later do when police were trying to interview him, Theesfeld would agree to meet with Kostial, but would not show up. Over the course of the next few months, he would go online searching for abortifacients and abortion facilities.

As the date of the murder approached, he purchased a Glock model 22 .40 caliber pistol, Thompson reported. On July 17, he searched “for hollow tip ammunition, tactical face masks and how convicted serial killer Ted Bundy lured victims, according to the state’s evidence,” The Oxford Eagle reported.

Also on July 17, Theesfeld texted Kostial about getting together, the first time he had suggested an in-person meeting. In the early hours of July 20, he shot her.

“On the morning of July 20, 2019, Kostial’s body was found by deputies with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department while on routine patrol in Harmontown near the Buford Ridge area,” according to Thompson. “Two days later, Theesfeld was arrested by officers with the LCSD and Memphis Police Department at a gas station in South Memphis.”

As if it mitigated what Theesfeld had done, his attorney told media members after his client  pled guilty, “There was an allegation that (Kostial) was pregnant. The evidence showed she was not pregnant. The autopsy showed that she was not pregnant and there was no evidence that she had been pregnant.”

Farese then added, lamely, “But, that was part of the underlying theme of their relationship.”