Life in prison without parole for convicted double murderer - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Life in prison without parole for convicted double murderer

Traquawn Gibson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday, after going on trial for two murders in 2012. Traquawn Gibson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday, after going on trial for two murders in 2012.
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.

Related:

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here. 

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:39 AM EDT2018-04-26 06:39:08 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-04-26 16:53:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, left, talks to reporters about the arrest Joesph James DeAngelo, seen in photo, on suspicion of committing a string of violent crimes in the 1970's and 1980's after a news conference. ...

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>

    The suspected Golden State Killer became less prolific but deadlier after losing his job as a police officer.

    More >>
  • Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Texas gang member executed for killing girl, grandmother

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:55:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-04-26 05:23:56 GMT
    (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP). This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Erick Davila. Attorneys for the Texas death row inmate want the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his scheduled execution this week fo...
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
    Attorneys for a condemned Texas prisoner are asking the US Supreme Court to halt his execution for killing a young girl and her grandmother in 2008.More >>
  • Ford shifts gears, will stop making nearly all its passenger cars in North America

    Ford shifts gears, will stop making nearly all its passenger cars in North America

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:55:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-04-26 15:55:54 GMT
    Over the next few years, the automaker will cut its North America passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent. (Source: Ford Motor Co.)Over the next few years, the automaker will cut its North America passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent. (Source: Ford Motor Co.)

    Over the next few years, the automaker will cut its North America passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent.

    More >>

    Over the next few years, the automaker will cut its North America passenger car lineup by more than 80 percent.

    More >>
  • Life in prison without parole for convicted double murdererMore>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Senate confirms Pompeo as secretary of state

    The Latest: Senate confirms Pompeo as secretary of state

    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:22:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:29 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:29:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File). FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation for him to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in ...(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File). FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation for him to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in ...
    The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.More >>
    The Senate has narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.More >>
  • Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Trump says Cohen represented him in "Stormy Daniels deal"

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:18:48 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:22:35 GMT
    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him 'with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal' and that 'from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong.' (Source: CNN)

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says his personal attorney Michael Cohen represents him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal" and that "from what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong."

    More >>
  • Senate panel advances bill protecting special counsel

    Senate panel advances bill protecting special counsel

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:28:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:22:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly