- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 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 pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1UHM0nZ ) that Thomas Lee Turley pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and first-degree arson in El Paso County District Court. Turley initially faced a charge of first-degree murder and several other charges but they were amended or dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

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.

Turley will be sentenced Dec. 11. He faces up to 70 years in prison.

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

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