Curtis Vance Gets Life Without Parole in Murder of Anne Pressly

Kristi Gray, Washington Examiner, November 13, 2009

The jury in the Anne Pressly case spared Curtis Lavelle Vance from a death sentence and sentenced him to life without parole. The jury began deliberations shortly before 6:00 pm Thursday and returned the verdict at 8:40 pm.

The jury found mitigating circumstances in Vance’s childhood that led them to conclude the death penalty was not warranted. None of the jury members found that brain damage was a mitigating circumstance. The jury considered the cruelty in the crime and a previous violent crime as aggravating circumstances.

Vance’s DNA led him to also be charged in the rape of Marianna, Arkansas schoolteacher. Vance was convicted Wednesday of killing Little Rock KATV anchorwoman Pressly. {snip}

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[Editor’s Note: A fuller account of Vance’s crime can be read here.]

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