Andrew Vrba was sentenced Friday to life without parole for the 2017 murder of transgender teen Ally Steinfield. The sentence was handed down on November 20th while most of the community was attending the transgender day of remembrance vigils.
Andrew Vrba, now 21, was sentenced in Greene County Judge Calvin Holden’s courtroom.
Andrew Vrba was found guilty of murder in the first degree for killing transgender teen Ally Steinfeld, 17, in 2017. The judge said while announcing his verdict that there was no evidence that Vrba murdered Steinfeld because of her being transgender.
Vrba who was 18 at the time of her murder was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and abandonment of a corpse. Verba was the fourth person determined to be culpable in the death.
The defense asked on August 6, the last day of testimony that the charge of first-degree murder be reduced to second-degree murder citing Vrba’s alleged learning disability and his age at the time of the murder which was two months past his 18th birthday.
Testimony by Vrba’s three confessed accomplishes accuse him of wrapping her body in a sleeping bag and rope, burning her for more than two days, putting the remains in a plastic bag, and placing the bag in an old chicken coop. The defense disputed the accusation that Verba gouged her eyes out and mutilated her body after her death saying that dogs most likely did that.
Ally Steinfeld said in June on her Instagram account that she was coming out. Then, less than five months later, she was gruesomely murdered.