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Jury says William Clyde Gibson is a habitual offender

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The jury that sentenced William Clyde Gibson to death for the murder of Christine Whitis on Tuesday decided on Wednesday that he should be sentenced as a habitual offender.

Prosecutors wanted that status for Gibson because it could add 30 years to his sentence.  They're presenting evidence that Gibson was convicted of at least two prior, unrelated, felonies.

The jury has seen a list of crimes ranging from sexual abuse to assault to theft, for which Gibson has been convicted since 1992.

Prosecutors say this count was applied with all the others, and he simply wants to see it through, so the record will reflect in the future that Gibson is a habitual offender.

"We don't know when or even if the execution would be carried out," said Floyd County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen. "We hope it would, but we don't know when, and we don't know if."

"We want to make sure that Mr. Gibson never sees the light of day -- that he's going to be incarcerated his entire life," Owen said.

Gibson's defense attorney told the jury that this was the "overkill" phase of the trial, that the prosecution is simply trying to pile years onto a condemned man.

The jury disagreed. Gibson will be sentenced on Nov. 26. The second of Gibson's three murder trials is set for next year. As for the jury, we were told the jury members did not want to be interviewed. They were escorted out of the courthouse are probably back home for the first time in a week and a half.

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