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The Toledo Municipal Court will soon open a Domestic Violence Waiting Room. Those involved hope it will increase victim participation in the court process, as well as provide a safe location for them.More >>
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Traquawn Gibson, 18, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday morning.
Gibson was found guilty of all five charges against him, including aggravated robbery, participating in a criminal gang, and aggravated murder, during his trial for two murders last week. A judge ruled that the cases were related to one another, so Gibson faced one trial for both.
Toledo Police say Gibson shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Crejonnia "CJ" Bell, in November 2012. Bell received four gunshot wounds to the head and chest. She was rushed to the hospital, but later died from her injuries.
Gibson was also accused of fatally shooting Deontae Allen in October 2012. Allen was found shot in a car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors offered Gibson a plea deal last Monday before the start of his trial, but he refused it.
In the courtroom, Allen's family read a statement and said there is not enough justice to be given that would make them feel better. Members said they feel Gibson should get the death penalty, because he doesn't deserve to walk on the same soil as them.
Laneisha Adams spoke on behalf of Allen's best friend, who was also shot, and like a brother to her. She called Gibson a monster and said she would never forgive him.
Judge Ruth Ann Franks said Gibson's youth is only reflected in his age, because he is a seasoned criminal. She read his priors, which was a very long list laced with violence and several safe school violations, including his ban from Woodward High School. She also brought up how the juvenile courts worked with him several times to try to rehabilitate him.
Surrounded by six sheriff's deputies, Gibson smirked at times and once while the judge was speaking, he shouted that he didn't kill anyone and wasn't sure why everyone kept saying he did.
"If I could have touched him for five seconds, I would have wrung his neck! God got me through standing up there and him looking at me with that smirk on his face," said Denecia Addie, a victim's sister. "I wish he could completely feel the extent to which he has ruined our lives. May God have mercy on your soul, because you did not have mercy on CJ's and on 'Tae's."
After waiting nearly a year, tears flowed from family and friends as Gibson's sentence was read. You could see the weight lifted off them.
"God was on our side the whole time, when he took her on Nov. 18. She said her last word on Nov. 19. And she passed after she knew that we were all there with her. She fought. So, I'm happy with the outcome," said Markeeda Holcomb-Brownlee a victim's mother.
Gibson is now en route to prison in Orient, OH to begin his life sentence. However, Gibson's lawyers say they plan to appeal the decision.
Mugshots of wanted criminals listed as "Fugitive of the Week." Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive is encouraged to contact their local authorities. More >>
Mugshots of wanted criminals listed as "Fugitive of the Week." Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive is encouraged to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or local police department. More >>