Larry Steeples sentenced to 45 year minimum of prison


Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated clarifying Steeples’ sentence.


Larry Steeples, 54, was sentenced to spend a minimum of 45 years in prison Friday for the murder of Gina Giberson, 47.

Steeples has spent the last 516 days locked up.

He will be 99 years old when he reaches the minimum 45 years on his sentence.

Steeples’ attorney, Lupita Thompson, filed for a hearing to have Steeples’ sentence reduced.

During Friday’s hearing, Thompson said she believed Steeples would not live to see the end of the sentence.

“Most healthy people only live to be about 80-years-old,” Thompson said. “My client has had medical issues along with substance and alcohol abuse.”

Thompson said the sentence should be reduced because Steeples was mentally ill at the time the murder took place.

Thompson told Judge Mitchell Shick that Steeples suffers from Acute Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, and damage to the brain, according to MRI results.

Judge Shick said Steeples’ mental illness does not mean he did now know right from wrong.

Thompson brought Steeples’ sisters, his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend, and his best friend to the stand to justify his character.

Thompson said the plaintiffs, represented by State Attorney Brian Bower and Assistant States Attorney Robert Scales, did not tell her there was more DNA evidence.

Judge Shick told Steeples he could say something to help his case, but Steeples said he did nothing wrong.

During the first court case, it was found that Steeples went to Giberson’s house on April 7, 2014, kicked in her door, and went into her room and shot Giberson five times while she slept.

Steeples was believed to be heard in the background of a 9-1-1 call saying things like “where’s the ambulance, she needs help.”

Giberson filed for an Order of Protection against Steeples, which was broken a couple of times by both parties.

The order of protection was filed on March 18, 2014 and the hearing date was set for April 8, 2014.

Reports show Steeples’ murder was pre-meditated and Steeples told police he would have killed a second person.

Thompson filed to have another sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.


Mackenzie Freund can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]