Curtis Wright, who killed Dr. Teresa Sievers, gets 25 years in prison

Published: February 10, 2020 7:45 AM EST
Updated: February 10, 2020 4:46 PM EST

Curtis Wayne Wright, convicted in beating Dr. Teresa Sievers to death with a hammer in 2015, was sentenced on Monday at the Lee County Courthouse by Judge Bruce Kyle to 25 years in prison.

Dr. Sievers was beaten to death with a hammer in her Bonita Springs home in 2015— in a crime orchestrated by her husband, Mark Sievers.

Moments before Wright was sentenced, he apologized to the victim’s mother.

“I wish there was a way to change what happened, but I can’t,” Wright said. “That will be with me for the rest of my life and I’m truly sorry. I’m sorry.”

Mary Ann Groves was back in courtroom 8-A on Monday. Just like she was for Mark Siever’s sentencing and Jimmy Rodgers’, too. Minutes before Judge Kyle signed off on Wright’s plea deal, Groves addressed the court while standing feet away from the man who committed the egregious crime.

Mark Sievers’ former best friend, Wright, struck the deal with prosecutors in early 2016. Then, Wright testified against both Mark Sievers and Rodgers.

Just last week, the judge denied Mark Siever’s request for a new trial.

Now, here is where things stand for each convict:

  • Mark Sievers is in prison awaiting a death sentence, with many appeals expected.
  • Jimmy Rodgers is serving a life sentence in South Bay Prison
  • Curtis Wright was sentenced to 25 years in prison; with time served, leaving him to 22 more years.

Wright’s attorney on Monday said she hopes her client’s sentencing brings some closure to Teresa Sievers’ family.

“My client did what he needed to do and I think was a very important part of those trials,” said Elizabeth Parker, the defense attorney. “His testimony.”