The man gets a shocking welcome back after he brutally murdered and raped an 8-year-old girl, Anthony Palma was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Oklahoma County District Court.
After nearly two decades, the crimes that were once considered a cold case led to DNA evidence that narrowed the list of suspects to Palma, who was eventually arrested in the same house he had lived in since abducting the girl.
Thanks to the victim’s blood, which was recorded in his backyard, Palma was finally identified as her killer in 2015.
Facing family justice, Palma was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by the Oklahoma County District Court in 2017. Despite his conviction, Palma continued to deny involvement in the rape and murder of the girl, refusing to reunite Kirsten’s body with her family.
Although Palma had the opportunity to address his punishment, he never attempted to change his fate. Barely a year into his life sentence, the convicted murderer faced an encounter with his cellmate that probably made him wish he had had that opportunity.
With this, Palma’s cellmate took justice into his own hands — beating and strangling the convicted child killer to death, according to officials.
59-year-old Palma was allegedly murdered by his cellmate, Raymond Pillado, on Jan. 11 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Just 13 months after being sentenced to life in prison,
According to the medical examiner’s report, the cause of death was “ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.”
His cellmate gave him the same gruesome fate he had inflicted on his 8-year-old victim decades ago.
Investigators confirmed that Palma was discovered “lying face down on the floor.” When they told Pillado to remove the blanket, they saw Palma’s body in a pool of blood.