04:43 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Rucks Russell’s 11 News report.
October 14, 2008
HOUSTON— Timothy Shepherd was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the brutal murder of Texas A&M freshman Tynesha Stewart .
The jury reached its decision after a day of deliberations.
Shepherd was convicted of first-degree murder last week.
The gruesome case garnered international attention last spring when police said Shepherd not only killed Stewart, but also dismembered her body and burned the remains on his patio grills.
Investigators found only fragments of hair, bone and teeth in their search for the 19-year-old woman.
“The especially gruesome testimony and facts in this case made it a particularly difficult trial for the jury to endure,” prosecutor Marie Primm said. “We are thankful for their work and dedication. They arrived at a proper verdict—justice has been served.”
Shepherd himself took the stand in the punishment phase of the trial, calmly detailing how he killed his ex-girlfriend.
He said they were fighting at his apartment because she was dating someone new. He claimed that during the argument, she pulled a knife on him and he strangled her.
He said it was panic that led him to purchase a jigsaw, dismember the remains and barbecue them, because he thought no one would believe his story.
The defense said their client was sick and needed supervised probation and mental help.
In the end, the jury decided Shepherd deserved the maximum sentence of 99 years behind bars.
Before making their decision, the jury asked for a review of Shepherd’s testimony and a playback of a jailhouse phone call in which he expressed interest in profiting from the case.
“This case has garnered a lot of publicity so maybe I should write a book and make some money,” Shepherd said in the phone call.
“He should be grateful we live in a civilized society. He should be grateful we have laws and order in place,” prosecutor Kebharu Smith said. “He’ll be able to wake up and talk to his daughter. Anything less than life in this case is a gift to this man.”
“This case has garnered a lot of publicity so maybe I should write a book and make some money,” Shepherd said in the phone call.”
You sick, twisted lowlife.
It is not enough that you brutally murdered Tynesha and then desecrated her body, now you can’t wait to make money off a book you plan to write of the savagery you did to her. But, I guess you never heard of the “Son of Sam” law, eh? Unfortunately, the great state of Texas enacted the Son of Sam law in 1979, then went gutless, and repealed the law in 1993, and never replaced it with an effective law that addresses criminals who make money off the destruction of their victims: http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/SonOfSam/index.htm#Texas
Damn. Obviously Texas cares very little for victims who suffer death at the hands of murderers who want to make a fast buck from their criminal acts.
Ninety-nine years is not enough for you.
Then again, you will have to live behind bars for the rest of your life. That is, if you do not get out in 25 years due to good behaviour.
Some justice has been served.
But, not enough, at least for what you did to Ms. Stewart.