Mt. Vernon man sentenced for murdering father

Mt. Vernon man sentenced for murdering father

MT. VERNON, IL — A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2020 shooting death of his father. A Jefferson County jury deliberated a few short hours in September before finding Traviel Gibson guilty of the May 13, 2020, shooting death of Sam Joseph Gibson, III.

In addition to the three counts of first-degree murder, Gibson was also found guilty of Class 2 felony robbery in the case. He was sentenced Thursday to 70 years on the murder charges and an additional 5-years on the theft charge, which will be served consecutively. Mt. Vernon Police responded on May 13, 2020, to a home in the 1800 block of Cherry in Mt. Vernon , after a distraught woman entered the police department lobby and reported Sam Gibson had been shot. She also reported another man at the residence had attacked her and stolen her phone. Upon their arrival at the address, officers witnessed Gibson run into the home where they found Sam Gibson deceased on the front porch.

According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun, the sentences were enhanced due to the use of a firearm.

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