Anna Moriah Wilson’s Murderer Receives 90-Year Sentence in Texas
Kaitlin Armstrong was sentenced by a Texas jury to 90 years in prison for the murder of professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson in May 2022, following a 43-day international search for the killer. Prosecutors argued that Armstrong killed Wilson, who had dated Armstrong’s boyfriend, in a jealous rage. Armstrong, who will be eligible for parole after 30 years, fled to Costa Rica and underwent cosmetic surgery to evade authorities before being arrested.
Texas woman sentenced for the murder of professional cyclist
A Texas jury sentenced a woman to 90 years in prison on Friday for the shooting death of rising professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson in May 2022. The case led investigators on a 43-day international search for the killer.
After deliberating for just over three hours, the jury pronounced the sentence for Kaitlin Armstrong, accused of tracking down and shooting Wilson three times at her residence. She was convicted of murder after a two-hour deliberation on Thursday.
“Justice has been served,” said Eric Wilson, father of the victim, after the sentencing. “This is not a time for celebration, but a time for prayer.” He expressed readiness to move forward and continue healing in light of the severe loss.
Prosecutors say Armstrong, in her jealousy, gunned down 25-year-old Wilson who had briefly dated her boyfriend several months earlier. Armstrong’s defense requested a less severe sentence; under current Texas law, 35-year-old Armstrong will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
Armstrong’s defense attorney, Rick Cofer, expressed condolences for the Wilson family and Armstrong’s family.
Armstrong tracked Wilson to her apartment via a fitness app and shot her two times in the head and once through the heart. Armstrong did not testify during the trial. Her sister, Christine, had told jurors that her sister “is not a bad person.”
Armstrong’s Jeep was seen near Wilson’s apartment and bullet casings at the crime scene matched a gun she owned. After briefly meeting with police, Armstrong sold her vehicle and flew to Costa Rica using her sister’s passport. She changed her appearance and spent more than $6,000 on a nose job to evade authorities before her arrest at a beachside hostel. Armstrong attempted to escape again during a medical appointment outside the jail and now faces a separate felony escape charge.
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