Springfield mother’s murder will feature on real crime TV show

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November 6 — A true crime TV show will feature an episode on the 2015 murder of a Springfield mother on Saturday.

Oxygen’s “Cold Justice” follows District Attorney Kelly Siegler and his rotating team of detectives Steve Spingola, Tonya Rider, and Abbey Abbondandolo as they travel to small towns to dig up unsolved homicide cases.

The episode “The Promise of an Officer” will air Saturday at 8 p.m. The episode will detail the death of 26-year-old Candance Prunty, whose ex-boyfriend Thomas Albert was charged with his death after the episode was produced.

Albert, 38, was charged with aggravated murder, murder, aggravated burglary, felony assault, possession of weapons with a disability and tampering with evidence in Clark County Common Plea Court in August . He is awaiting his criminal trial, which is due to open on December 6, according to court records.

Prunty was shot dead in October 2015 at her West Mulberry Street home. She was shot in the head and neck, according to a police report. Family members found her on the kitchen floor after she failed to show up to pick up her children from school. Prunty’s sons were 1, 4 and 7 years old at the time of his death.

In 2018, the Springfield Police Division attempted to gather more information on Prunty’s death, as well as other local cold cases, through a poster campaign. A notice board on Spring Street featured Prunty’s photo, along with information about her death and a phone number to call for advice.

“Law enforcement agencies often rely on public assistance to solve crimes,” said Springfield Police Division Captain Tom Zawada. “This is especially true in cases where families have lost someone to the violence and they are looking for answers.”

Prunty’s mother, Patricia Beard, declined to comment on the show.

Albert is in jail for attempted murder and aggravated theft in Franklin County, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. He has been detained since July 28, 2018 and is not eligible for parole until 2045, according to prison records.

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