O'Bryan receives 25 year sentence after Alford plea


by Gene Kang


Posted on July 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 4:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gregory O’Bryan will spend 25 years in prison for the disappearance and murder of a Sullivan University student. He entered an Alford plea.

Andrew Compton, 18, met O’Bryan through an online dating service.

The teenager’s body was never found. His parents were in court as gruesome details were revealed about his death.

Compton’s mother made an emotional statement calling O’Bryan “barbaric and brutal.”

Judge Mitch Perry: "Do you understand again that you're offering to plea guilty to a felony murder charge?"

Gregory O'Bryan, Made Alford Plea: "Yes I understand it."

Gregory O'Bryan currently on court-ordered medications made an Alford plea in the murder of Sullivan University student, 18-year-old Andrew Compton, in 2010.

This means he does not admit guilt but realizes there is enough evidence to convict him.

Compton's mother broke down while reading a statement, just 10 feet from O'Bryan.

Angela Compton, Compton's Mother in court: "The way Andrew's slim trim body was treated was barbaric, cruel, disturbing.”

So disturbing we can't reveal all the details of what O'Bryan admitted to a judge.

Judge Mitch Perry: "The defendant tied the electrical wires on Compton's wrists so tightly during the sex Compton died or lapsed into a coma."

O'Bryan pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and having sex with a corpse.
Compton, a culinary student whose mother says dreamed of being a chef since the 3rd grade, went missing in October three years ago.

Police say he met O'Bryan on a dating website. O'Bryan disposed of the body in a dumpster. That body was never found.

Lisa Cartier Giroux, Prosecutor: "What this case shows is that even if you try to hide evidence for what you did, we will go after you and ultimately we will bring you to justice."

For his parents and family, an end to their legal nightmare but a hole remains in their hearts forever.

Angela Compton, Compton's Mother: "There's no penalty though that could ever make up for the loss of a child and the brutality and indignity Andrew suffered. No number of years in prison would ever satisfy us."

O’Bryan is eligible for parole in 17 years but prosecution hopes he serves every year of his 25 year sentence.

With this Alford plea, they avoided a gruesome and lengthy trial which was supposed to start later this week.