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story.lead_photo.caption Jacqueline Burnett (center), Curtis Vance's mother, is comforted by family members Thursday after testifying in her son's trial. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

A Pulaski County jury deliberated less than three hours Thursday before deciding that Curtis Lavelle Vance should spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and killing Little Rock TV news anchor Anne Pressly in a brutal attack more than a year ago.

Vance, 29, was found guilty to capital murder, rape and burglary charges in an Oct. 20, 2008, attack so brutal that Pressly's mother didn't recognize her when she rushed to the anchorwoman's aid.

Vance found guilty on all counts

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 11/13/2009

Print Headline: Vance gets life without parole

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  • Testingonetwothree
    November 13, 2009 at 5:58 a.m.

    Just another drain on the prison system, he should have been sentenced to death and immediately carry out the sentence. Theres no reason to wait, he's been tried and convicted. Maybe he will attack someone that is not a defenseless woman in prison and he will get his due at that time

  • oink2u2
    November 13, 2009 at 7:23 a.m.

    Unbelievable! I guess this didn't qualify as a "hate" crime. What a tragedy that this piece of scum is allowed to live another day. True justice would be to allow the victim's family members to beat Vance to death. As it is, their tax dollars will go toward feeding and clothing him for the rest of his life. Let's hope he makes the wrong inmate angry in prison.

  • MagicisYou
    November 13, 2009 at 7:25 a.m.

    What a difficult decision for this jury. A heinous crime to be sure, a crime so horrible that a sane, well adjusted individual would never consider, much less commit. There will be no real justice for the Cannady's, because their precious gem will never be coming back. We as a society that has hope for our future, dreams for our young, have lost 1 gem and 1 potential gem. Solace for Guy and Patti will only come to them when they can forgive. If they hold on to the hate and anger they will miss out on life and may become bitter angry people. My prayers go out to all people that have been affected by this useless and sensless crime. Life without parole - well, "he will have plenty of time to reflect..."

  • SpecialEd
    November 13, 2009 at 8:04 a.m.

    Have we actually fallen so far that good is called evil and evil good? Don't forget:

    Exd 21:12 "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
    Exd 21:13 "However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.
    Exd 21:14 "But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die.
    Exd 21:15 "And he who strikes
    Exd 21:12 "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.
    Exd 21:13 "However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.
    Exd 21:14 "But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die.

  • TheBatt
    November 13, 2009 at 8:34 a.m.

    The law requires "aggravating circumstances" to merit the death penalty. The jury agreed with at least two of the 4 aggravating circumstances, but it should have only required one. Murder in conjunction with a single felony (rape) is punishable by death. If anyone has ever deserved death for their crime, Vance definitely qualifies.

    I actually suspect that the jury was softened by testimony that Vance supposedly was not able to make reasonable decisions. Well duh... anyone who would rape and murder someone obviously has issues with making good decisions.

    and to oink2u2 above - hate crime is only applicable under "certain" circumstances. WE won't get into what those circumstances are...

    November 13, 2009 at 9:03 a.m.

    I wish that the jury selection process would have required that each juror be the parent of a child who they cared for, stayed awake countless nights, read to, worried about, supported, cared for and loved completely....and that child became the apple of a mother's or father's eye. Only a person who has made the true sacrifices of being a good parent realizes the enormity of this situation. What were the jurors thinking? My thoughts and prayers are with the Cannadys.

    November 13, 2009 at 9:20 a.m.

    well i guess since i was abused as a child i can go and do the same thing and get away with it as well that is crap..... the bible says eye for an eye... no matter what the childhood was he as an adult knows right from wrong!!!!!!! what he did was wrong!!! and what the jury did was more wrong!!! i cant go to the doctor but as i dont have insurance but my taxes are going to pay for him to have all he needs for life a doctor food utilities clothes.. that is just wrong just wrong. the jury should be ashamed as do his lawyers may god have mercy!!!!!!

  • lawyer86
    November 13, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.

    1. It's ironic that we want to repay a criminal with killing him. I find it fallacious to say "You committed a crime; now you're gonna be killed."

    2. As a Christian, I find it disturbing that we have forgotten forgiveness. Did we as humans not murder Jesus Christ on the cross? I am thankful that God does not have the same will as so many that hatefully wish death on Mr Vance. What an oppurtunity we as Christians have now to minister to Mr vance in prision. Now he has his whole life to hear the gospel...but no, people would rather he be dead.

  • surroundedbygeniuses
    November 13, 2009 at 9:56 a.m.

    Vance deserves a death filled with pain. A death sentence would have been too humane. Lawyer, why don't you go minister to Vance, and take your daughter or wife with you. Give him your home address and your keys while you're at it. Vance is an animal. And to look at the photos of his family celebrating while there is a woman that was violated and fatally beaten in her home. You should weep when you look in the mirror for the honor you are attempting to give this man. I pray that for you, every night you dream about the beating this woman took.

  • dman
    November 13, 2009 at 10:32 a.m.

    My, my, such vicious remarks! People on the jury do have children and wives, and their decision had nothing to do with lack of caring for their families or the life of Anne. If you take your job as a juror seriously, you heed to the instructions of the law, and there were circumstances that they had to consider in rendering their decision. I, personally, am satisfied with life without parole, as he will never get out. Endless appeals over a death sentence would probably be more costly.
    Oink2u2,many years ago, I was equally angry over a court decision for a man who raped and killed a child locally. But I came to realize that if we killed that man in the same manner as he killed, we only stoop to his level.
    Also, to many of you, Jesus said that if we hate our brother, we have committed murder in our hearts. (Think that through). It's not wrong to seek and render justice, but such anger and viciousness doesn't elevate us. It reminds me of times of mob justice in history.