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Gregory O'Bryan takes plea deal

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The body has never been found but Gregory O'Bryan is still going to prison for the murder of Sullivan University Student Andrew Compton.

Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry held a conversation with O'Bryan before he sentenced him.  "The defendant tied up Compton with electrical wires after providing him with alcohol and engaged in sex with Compton," says Judge Perry.

The most graphic details in Monday's sentencing were read by the judge: "Defendant then dragged Compton's body into his bed, and the defendant -- you, Mr. O'Bryan -- then went to sleep. When the defendant awoke, the defendant then had sex with Compton's corpse, which was in a state of rigor mortis."

O'Bryan now admits that Compton died during sex and that he later disposed of the 18-year- old's body in a garbage bin.

"The way that Andrew's slim, thin body was treated was barbaric, cruel, disturbing and inhumane," says Angela Compton, victim's mother.

O'Bryan and Compton met on an online dating site in October of 2010. Since then, both police and Compton's family have been looking for his body and answers.

During a victim impact statement, Angela Compton asked, "How could anyone dispose of such a sweet and innocent child as he was like he was garbage?"

Before O'Bryan was sentenced, Compton's mother read a two-page statement.

"You did not take responsibility for it then," Angela Compton said to O'Bryan. "Will you now?"

"She did a fantastic job in there, I think she expressed what any mother would feel in this situation," says Lisa Cartier-Giroux, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney.

Compton's body was never discovered despite several days of searching at a landfill in Medora, Indiana.

Cartier-Giroux says, "I don't believe we will ever find the body based on the information I have on how it was ... disposed of via our trash system."

Compton's family did not want to be interviewed; however, the following statement was read after O'Bryan was sentenced:

"It has been an extremely and devastating, exhausting, heart wrenching and emotional journey that will never be over as long as we're on this Earth," said Angela Compton.

As part of the plea agreement, O'Bryan cannot appeal the sentence. He will be eligible for parole after serving 17 years.

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