- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 30-year-old man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body to burn when he set her Fountain home on fire has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (https://tinyurl.com/hrrrevm) that Thomas Lee Turley pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree arson in El Paso County District Court. He was sentenced on Friday.

Prosecutors say Turley killed 28-year-old Larissa Tiffany-Schiess in February. Authorities found her body in her burning home and say her throat had been slashed and her ankles tied to a bed.

Tiffany-Schiess’ mom, Vickie, says she didn’t want the prosecution to pursue the death penalty because Turley would have been able to appeal. Under a plea agreement, there will be no appeal.


Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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