Man sentenced in the murder of a Texas County teen

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Andrew Vrba, the man found guilty of murdering a Texas County, Missouri teen in September of 2017, was sentenced Friday afternoon.

Vrba was sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder and 20 years for armed criminal action. He will serve his sentences concurrently.

Vrba, along with three others, were charged in the murder of 17-year-old Joseph Steinfeld. Steinfeld identified as transgender.

According to a previous Ozarks First story, Steinfeld went by “Ally” and was planning to transition to a female, according to family members. Authorities allege he was stabbed to death and the remains burned.

According to court documents, Vrba tried to kill Steinfeld with poison, but the victim would not consume the substance, and so he killed the teen by stabbing. He also bragged to his associates about the slaying and said he had also gouged out Steinfeld’s eyes and stabbed him in the penis several times, according to a probable cause statement in the case.

Below are previous stories from Ozarks First about this case:

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