Sentence Handed Down in Murder of Pregnant Woman

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on March 11, 2014 · 0 comments

in Murder, Sexual Offenses

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Criminal defense TustinMicheal Balcom, 43, has been sentenced to death for the murder of an expectant mother that ended a string of violent crimes that began when he was just 18 years old.

The case in sentencing phase is the brutal rape and murder of Malinda Godfrey Gibbons in 1988. Gibbons was beaten, raped, bound and stabbed after a six-week crime spree that included assaults on three other women. The case was only recently solved when Balcom’s DNA was entered into a national database after a rape conviction in Michigan, where he was serving a 30- to 50-year sentence.

The defense argued that Balcom was the product of an unstable household—raised by a mother who was abusive, manipulative and mentally ill. The judge remarked that the crimes only stopped because Balcom was arrested, and said death was the appropriate penalty given the aggravating circumstances surrounding the crimes.

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