KATV-TV (ABC) Little Rock reports that jurors decided on a sentence of life in prison without parole for Curtis Vance. The jury’s other option had been the death penalty for Vance, age 29, who was convicted of the murder of KATV anchor Anne Pressly.
According to the report by KATV’s David Goins, jurors heard nearly a full day of defense testimony on Thursday urging them to spare Vance’s life. His girlfriend, who has three children with Vance, broke down on the stand as she said, “You’re not killing him, you’re killing me.”
Vance’s younger brother testified that their mother was abusive, beating both of her sons.
Pressly, who was 26, died October 25, 2008, five days after she was beaten and raped in her home. The young news anchor had been employed by the Allbritton station for four years.