Andrew Charles Beard sentenced in Alyssa Ann Burkett murder

Andrew Charles Beard, left, Alyssa Ann Burkett (Beard mugshot via Carrollton Police Department; Burkett photo from obituary)

A man who disguised himself in blackface ambushed his ex-girlfriend where she worked, shot her in the head with a shotgun and when she didn’t die right away stabbed her 13 times, was sentenced to 43 years in federal prison in a case sparked amid a bitter custody battle.

Andrew Charles Beard, 36, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of cyberstalking using a dangerous weapon resulting in death and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence in the 2020 killing of Alyssa Ann Burkett, 24.

“This case is a sobering reminder of the brutal violence some women endure at the hands of their intimate partners. The victim, in this case, fought valiantly until the end. We hope today’s sentence brings a measure of peace to her family,” said U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton in a news release.

His attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday evening.

In plea papers, Beard admitted he cyberstalked and murdered Burkett, 24, outside an apartment leasing office in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Texas, on Oct. 2, 2020, to gain custody of their young daughter, authorities said.

Andrew Charles Beard sentenced in Alyssa Ann Burkett murder

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