Juan Gibson sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for murder of Pawtucket man
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Seven years after the murder of a Pawtucket man during a home invasion, the man charged in his murder has been found guilty on all counts.
Juan Gibson was found guilty of all six counts against him for the murder of 41-year-old Jeffery Lebrun and for the burglary at the Lebrun home two months prior to the killing.
Lebrun’s cousin, Christine Carrigan read a victim statement from Jeffery’s Mother who was watching from Florida. “If not for this defendant’s evil intentions to take what wasn’t his, and to kill because he couldn’t get it, I believe my sons would still be alive today.”
Gibson’s 15-year-old daughter, Arianna Silva believes that this was a way to get her dad off the streets. She said, “I feel like it’s false and the police set up my dad, cause my dad’s not like that. My dad’s loving, he doesn’t do stuff like that.”
Gibson received two consecutive life sentences plus a consecutive 40 years to serve at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston.
A 12-person jury found Gibson guilty after a weeks-long trial in January for the 2013 murder of Lebrun in his Pawtucket home. Lawyers had argued that Gibson had targeted Lebrun because of his involvement in growing medical marijuana.
According to prosecutors, Gibson, who was dating a friend of Lebrun’s stepdaughter, had known there were large amounts of cash and marijuana kept on Lebrun’s property.
Gibson was first arrested in 2014, a year after the murder, for the first home invasion, after his DNA was found on a sweatshirt
He was charged but never convicted, and spent time in jail only as a probation violation.
Lebrun’s wife, Sheri, was in court for the sentencing and sent this statement to ABC6 News:
“My hope throughout this entire nightmare was justice for Jeff. That day he finally received it, as well as myself, my children, and his family. I hope Gibson suffers as we did and still do to this day. But now maybe my kids and I can find some peace.”
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