Midwest City man convicted of murdering Kirsten Hatfield sentenced to prison

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Anthony Palma

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Midwest City man who was convicted in the cold case murder of a young Oklahoma girl was sentenced to prison Monday.

Anthony Palma, 58, was convicted of first-degree murder of Kirsten Hatfield after a little more than an hour of jury deliberation in October.

Eight-year-old Kirsten Hatfield disappeared from her Midwest City home in May 1997. She was never found and the case went cold.

However, prosecutors filed murder charges against Palma in 2015, after linking DNA found on a pair of Hatfield’s blood-stained underwear matched Palma.

The DNA evidence was key to prosecutors case against Palma, as Hatfield’s body has never been found.

Kirsten Hatfield

Palma lived two doors down from Hatfield and still lived there at the time of his arrest.

After finding Palma guilty of first-degree murder, the jury recommended he serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On Monday, a judge agreed with the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Palma to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

At his sentencing, Palma waived his right to an appeal.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Anthony Palma

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.