- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Peoria woman convicted of murder in her husband’s 2013 death was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

Michelle Dawn Gibson, 43, was found guilty in November of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Steven Gibson Sr. in the family’s home.

A judge sentenced Michelle Gibson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Peoria police said Gibson’s 39-year-old husband was beaten on the head with a baseball bat, stabbed multiple times in the chest and had his throat slit. His body was found in March 2013 in the family home’s garage, wrapped in a blanket.

Court documents said Michelle Gibson, and her teenage son and daughter planned the murder, with the mother alleging domestic violence and saying she feared her husband would kill her.

Prosecutors said Michelle Gibson wanted to kill her husband so she could pursue other men and began registering for online dating sites four months before the murder.

The son pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and hindering prosecution and was sentenced to 22 years in prison in August.

Three other juveniles were arrested in the case, including Gibson’s daughter and a friend of Gibson’s son who is accused of killing Steven Gibson.


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