A former Playboy model, Kelsey Turner, has bagged 25 years imprisonment for killing her 71-year-old lover after he stopped paying her bills and ended the relationship.
A Clark County in Nevada sentenced the 29-year-old lady on Tuesday, January 10 for the 2019 murder of California psychiatrist, Thomas Burchard.
Kelsey pled guilty to the charge during trial but took an Alford plea — in which she agreed she’d be found guilty but maintained her innocence — in November 2022 to the second-degree murder of the deceased.
Turner and her boyfrend at the time, Jon Logan Kennison, 29, were arrested in 2019 after Burchard’s body was found stuffed in the trunk of an abandoned car on State Route 147 near Lake Mead outside Las Vegas on March 7 of that year, Fox News reports.
Police said Burchard had traveled from California to Las Vegas, to break up with Turner, at her home, which he reportedly paid for and had been giving her allowance to fund her lifestyle totaling an estimated $300,000 throughout their two-year.
Burchard’s girlfriend, Judy Earp told the court in her testimony that Turner forged Burchard’s signature in an attempt to steal his money.
According to prosecutors, Turner and her boyfriend beat Burchard to death in their home and hid his body in the trunk of the lady’s Mercedes Benz. The Clark County coroner concluded that the psychiatrist had been beaten with an unidentified object.
34-year-old Diana Nicole Pena, who lived with the accused couple, pleaded guilty in July 2019 to being an accessory to murder after testifying that she helped clean the crime scene before fleeing Las Vegas with Turner and Kennison.
Kennison pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy in July and was sentenced to 18 to 45 years in prison while Turner got 10 to 25 years.
She will be eligible for parole in 10 years.