Plea deal offered for man accused in Carmel teen's Oct. 2010 death

Gregory O'Bryan could be paroled in 17 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky - The man charged with killing Andrew Compton, the 18-year-old from Carmel who died in 2010 near Louisville, was offered a plea deal Wednesday.

Prosecutors offered a plea deal to Gregory O'Bryan in a pre-trial hearing so that a trial would not be needed.

O'Bryan is charged with murder, sodomy, sexual abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The plea deal calls for 40 years in prison should O'Bryan plead guilty.

"By statute we always consult with the victim's family," said attorney Thomas Van de Rostyne. "Again they're comfortable with this, we're comfortable with it, in large part due to the fact that they're willing to extend this offer, they're willing to go along with it."

Compton disappeared Oct. 28, 2010, while he was a freshman at Sullivan University.

O'Bryan said the Carmel teen died during consensual sex, and that he put Compton's body in a trash bin at a psychiatric hospital. 

Police tracked the contents of the trash bin to a landfill and searched for the body for 10 days, but they never found it.

"If there's anything we can do to try and find Andrew's body we've done that, any credible leads we pursue. Yes we'd love to have Andrew back, but I don't know if that's ever going to happen, but we're not going to give up," Rostyne said.

If O'Bryan accepts the deal, he could be paroled in 17 years. If convicted, he could get life in prison.

RTV6 contacted Compton's family for comment, but they were not comfortable speaking about the plea deal. 

Another pre-trial hearing is set for December, and the trial is scheduled for July.

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