Man accused of brutal murder offered plea deal

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 5:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gregory O'Bryan faces murder, sodomy, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He is charged with the murder of Andrew Compton in 2010. Investigators say O'Bryan has confessed to throwing the body in a dumpster after drinking, using drugs and having sex with the victim.

The Commonwealth Attorney wants to make a deal where a trial won't be needed.
 
“We've talked to the Compton family before we tendered this,” said Commonwealth Attorney, Thomas Van De Rostyne.
 
Van De Rostyne sent an offer to O'Bryan's attorney for a 40-year sentence in prison if O'Bryan pleads guilty.

Van De Rostyne consulted with Andrew Compton’s family before sending the offer.
 
“By statute we always consult with the family,” said Van De Rostyne. “They're comfortable with this; we're comfortable with this; in large part they're willing to go along with it.”
 
Van De Rostyn says O'Bryan’s attorney has not responded to the offer.
 
Andrew Compton’s body has not been found. But, the commonwealth attorney believes he still has a strong case.
 
“If there is anything we can do to try and find Andrew’s body we've done that,” said Van De Rostyne. “Any credible leads we've pursued. Yes, we would love to have Andrew back. But I don’t think that is ever going to happen. But we are not going to give up.”
 
If O’Bryan accepts the offer he could be eligible for parole in 17 years. But, if he does not and is found guilty he could face life in prison.
 

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