A man has been sentenced to 40 years and a woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for their roles in the 2011 murder and robbery of a Harlan County man. Timothy M. Turner and Rachel A. Osborne robbed Steve Gibson, 58, inside his home in May 2011, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office.
"During the robbery, the couple gagged Gibson and restrained him with duct tape. While Turner and Osborne were stealing items from the home, Gibson suffocated," according to the release.
Police performing a welfare check found Gibson's body inside his home on June 2, 2011.
Turner, 38, and Osborne, 35, were arrested after cashing one of Gibson's checks at a local bank. Turner's mother, Nancy Turner, 58, a notary public, fraudulently notarized a car title for her son and was arrested the same day.
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Nancy Turner pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct Friday and received a probated 12-month sentence. She can no longer serve as a notary public.
Also Friday, Timothy Turner received a 40-year prison sentence, pursuant to a plea agreement. He will be eligible for parole in 18 years. He pleaded guilty to murder, second-degree robbery, possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking over $500, and being a persistent felony offender on Dec. 2 in Harlan Circuit Court. Osborne pleaded guilty on June 6, 2013, to murder and first-degree robbery. She received a 20-year prison sentence and will be eligible for parole in 17 years.