Judge Throws Book at Ex-Playboy Model, Sentences Kelsey Turner to 10-25 Years in Prison

A former Playboy model has been sentenced to serve 10 to 25 years in Nevada state prison for the role she played in the death of a California doctor found stuffed in the trunk of a car near Las Vegas.

Prosecutors said Kelsey Turner and her boyfriend, Jon Kennison, beat  71-year-old California psychiatrist Thomas Burchard to death.

The pair then stashed him in the trunk of a car left in the desert near Lake Mead.

“She was content to leave someone she knew for a number of years, who supported her and her child financially for a number of years, to rot in the back of the car in the desert that he paid for,” Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney, Pamela Weckerly said.

Burchard’s longtime girlfriend, Judy Earp, said, “My whole world was viciously ripped from me.

“She printed on her home computer checks with Tom’s name and account number and her address.

“She also went online and made many charges paying her bills.

“His last words to me were, ‘she’s such a pervasive liar that I had to see for myself.’

“I never realized such evil existed in this world until this happened,” she said.

“I do not want to spend the rest of my life constantly worrying and always looking over my shoulder, if or when she is granted parole.

“He was always helping people,” Earp added.

“Anybody with a sad story, you know. Some people took advantage of that.”

According to Las Vegas-based CBS reporter Caroline Bleakley, Turner took her sentence through tears.

Kennison was sentenced in July to between 18 and 45 years for his role in the murder.

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According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Burchard and Turner had a relationship with the older man whereby he paid the rent on a home she shared with her mother in Salinas, California.

But, eventually, the rent checks stopped coming.

But then the payments started up again.

At the time of his death, Burchard paid the rent on the Sin City house where Turner, Kennison, and Pena lived.

Judy Earp, Burchard’s girlfriend for some 17 years, said her then-partner spent upwards of $300,000 on the model over the course of several years and described Turner “as evil as Charles Manson.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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