A Montgomery County jury convicted Gilbert Newton III, 19, of first-degree murder in the death of Morgan McCaffery after only 2 ½ hours of deliberation, Fox News affiliate WTXF-TV reported. Moments later, Judge William Carpenter handed down his sentence for the July 2020 matando.
Newton showed no emotion during the proceedings. sin embargo, McCaffery’s mother, Kathleen, took the stand during his sentencing.
“This isn’t just a life sentence for you, Gil,” she said to Newton, The Philadelphia Inquirer informó.
She also called him a “living monster.”
“This is a life sentence you have imposed on all of us,” ella continuó. “I hate you. I will always hate you, and I will never speak your name again.”
Prosecutors said Newton lured McCaffery, 18, to the train station in Abington Township, 13 miles north of Philadelphia, months after their relationship ended.
During the meeting, he stabbed her with two kitchen knives he took from his mother’s knife block and fled, according to the newspaper. He later allegedly confessed to the killing.
Newton decided to kill McCaffery after seeing a social media post of her with another man, los fiscales dijeron.
“That’s when he set out his plan to kill her. If he couldn’t have her nobody could,” Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McLaughlin told reporters.
Newton’s attorney argued his client killed McCaffery but initially planned to harm himself. During the trial, prosecutors presented threatening text messages they said Newton sent McCaffery. One message said he would stab her in the neck, according to the Inquirer.
“sí, we have text messages that say ‘I’m gonna stab you in the neck 57 veces,’ but he’s a kid,” defense attorney Charles Peruto Jr. dicho. “He says a lot of things.”
In an effort to raise awareness about domestic teen violence, McCaffery’s family has started Morgan’s Light, a nonprofit to help young adults recognize signs of toxic relationships.