Man convicted for killing former girlfriend

Man convicted for killing former girlfriend
Jonathan Talley was convicted of murder. (Source: St. Tammany Parish)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jonathan Talley, 37, of Bogalusa, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison in the second degree murder of his former girlfriend, the mother of his child, in Pearl River nearly two years ago.

District Judge Scott Gardner also sentenced Talley to 20 years for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and was sentenced to 40 years for second degree kidnapping for fleeing the murder scene with his 3-year-old son in violation of a protective order that required him to stay away from the boy and his mother.

All of these charges were without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension.

A St. Tammany Parish jury found Talley guilty of all three charges on May 11, 2018 after a weeklong trial that examined the murder of Aimee Kirst, 33, on June 30, 2016.

Prosecutors say Talley went to Kirst's Pearl River home with the intention to kill her and then shot her in the back of the head as she tried to hide in their son's bedroom. The couple's then 3-year-old son, witnessed the shooting.

Talley kidnapped the child when he fled the scene.