FULLBRIGHT SENTENCED TO LIFE

January 27, 2012
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(Anderson, SC). After four days of testimony, an Anderson County jury has found Matthew Fullbright guilty of two counts of Murder and two counts of Armed Robbery. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Fullbright to two consecutive life terms as well as two consecutive 30 year terms for the Armed Robbery charges.

On October 24, 2009, Homer and JoAnn Staton’s abandoned bloody car was found on Horton Road in Belton. Mr. Staton’s body was found the next day on Asaville School Road... Witness statements and cellphone records led Anderson County investigators to Matthew Fullbright. During Fullbright’s October 28, 2009 confession, Fullbright led investigators to Waterside Drive in Iva where he had dumped JoAnn Staton’s body.

The Staton’s bought and sold gold for a living and were known to carry a substantial amount of cash. Fullbright had lured the Staton’s to a secluded area in Iva, beat them to death with a hammer and then robbed them of their cash and jewelry. After disposing of the bodies, Fullbright drove the Staton’s bloody car to the intersection of 252 and 413 where he purchased drugs. He then abandoned the car on Horton Road. 

“The horrific and brutal crimes committed by Matthew Fullbright shows how dangerous drug addiction can be,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Fullbright’s need to steal and support his drug habit ultimately led to the death of two innocent people. It is my hope that today’s verdict and sentencing will allow the Staton family to have some closure knowing that Fullbright will remain in prison for the rest of his life.”

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BURGLAR SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF BURGLARY 1ST SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

Michael Eugene Reese of Anderson, SC was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of Burglary 1st Degree. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Gibson to 25 years in prison.

On October 9, 2010 at approximately 8:50pm Michael Reese broke into the home of Margaret and Douglas Nelson by breaking a rear window. Margaret Nelson is Reese’s mother. When the Nelson's returned home from dinner, Reese confronted them both at the front door and pointed a shotgun at his step-father, Douglas Nelson, and threatened to kill him. During a struggle between Reese and Douglas Nelson, Nelson was able to take possession of the shotgun. Reese fled the scene and was arrested several days later.

Solicitor Adams says: “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and the sentence handed down by Judge McIntosh. Reese will no longer be a threat to his own family or to our community. I hope that this sentence will allow the Nelson’s to find peace and no longer be in fear of their own son.”

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61 YR OLD SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

GIBSON SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

December 14, 2011

Don Ray Gibson of Anderson, SC was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of Assault & Battery with Intent to Kill. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Gibson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

On April 26, 2009, the defendant was asked to leave Hog Tails Bar & Grill in Pendleton following a verbal altercation with Damon and Jason Marcengill. Gibson later returned to Hog Tails with his nephew to pick up items he had left at the scene. Once inside, Gibson confronted Damon Marcengill, cutting him across the throat and face with a knife. Marcengill was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment. Witnesses were able to assist in the identification of Gibson who was arrested a short time later near his home in Anderson. 

“Gibson has a history of violent criminal behavior including a conviction for murder in 1976. His criminal history along with the brutal nature of this attack makes him a clear danger to our community. As a result, we sought and received a sentence of Life without the Possibility of Parole,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Gibson served 32 years on his previous conviction and had only been out of prison nine months before his latest crime. Today’s sentence will ensure he remains in prison for the rest of his life, unable to inflict further harm in our community.”