Peoria woman sentenced to life in prison in husband's death

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PHOENIX -- 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.

Judge Alfred Fenzel sentenced Michelle Gibson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"I don't care what happens to her," Charlene Gibson told the court at Friday's hearing. "No punishment is good enough. It will never bring my son back."

Peoria police said Michelle 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.

"She's ruined the lives of their children. She's harmed her parents and her siblings. She's devastated her in-laws and Steve's family, all because she chose to think only of herself," Steven Gibson Sr.'s aunt, Cindy Gibson, said at the hearing.

The son, Steven Gibson Jr., 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. Eric McBee, 16, is awaiting sentencing.

"For all who knew Steve and loved him, life will never be the same again. It is a life sentence for all of us, especially for his parents and his siblings," Cindy Gibson said.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Peoria woman has been sentenced to natural life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in her husband's 2013 death.

Maricopa County Superior Court jurors found 43-year-old Michelle Dawn Gibson guilty in November.

She was arrested after 39-year-old Steven Gibson Sr. was found dead in the family's home in March 2013.

Peoria police say he was beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed multiple times and his throat was slit.

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.

Last August, 17-year-old Steven Gibson Jr. was sentenced to 22 years in prison and three years of probation. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and hindering prosecution.

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