On February 13, 2012, Terrence Darreyll Wanzer, 22, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Thomas Burdsall, Jr, age 16, of Aberdeen.
The Defendant had been found guilty by a jury of First Degree Murder on November 28, 2012. Judge Angela Eaves listened to the emotional statements of the victim’s mother, Jennifer Burdsall, as she described the impact of her son’s murder on and her and her family, before imposing the life sentence. T
he Defendant had been found guilty of stabbing Mr. Burdsall in the heart at the Burdsall residence after the two began arguing on January 8, 2011. Aberdeen police arrived at the Burdsall residence just after 7:30 pm that night to find Mrs. Burdsall administering CPR to her son, who had been stabbed in the heart. He died a short while later at the hospital after life saving efforts failed. Investigators located witnesses who were present at the time of the stabbing who named Wanzer as the attacker. These witnesses testified in a three day trial in November.
The State’s Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the Aberdeen Police Department on its thorough investigation in the case.