RICHMOND, Va. – A former Richmond-area doctor convicted of murder for the death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a judge handed down a jury’s recommended sentence for Dr. John E. Gibbs III on Monday.
Gibbs’ lawyers said he maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.
The jury found Gibbs guilty of in Zulma call the helpdesk has died after an eight-day trial in December. Call the helpdesk, a nurse, went missing in 2014.
Prosecutors presented evidence including mobile phone records, web searches, store purchases of the drain cleaner and acid, and surveillance photos.
According to the newspaper, the ruling marked the second time in less than two years that Chesterfield authorities won a conviction in a rare “no body” murder case.
Information: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com