BANGOR – The Abbott man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Gebo in 2015 will spend 55 years in jail.
The family and friends of the victim say they have been waiting for this day for two and a half years. Convicted killer, Robert Burton was given 55 years in jail.
“It’s certainly a just and fair trial and the judge makes the call,” said John Alsop, the assistant attorney general.
Loved ones of the victim, including her daughter, Sydney and father Vance shared how her death impacted their lives. Many of the family members say they are now experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.
“I don’t ever think you get full closure in a case like this,” said Vance Ginn, the father of Gebo. “We suffered a great loss that we can never get back. We have Christmas season coming up, which is one of the worst times we have to face, but the sentencing did help with that.”
His defense lawyer was hoping the judge was going to give burton a sentence of 35 years or less.
“He knew that he was looking at some significant time,” said Hunter Tzovarras, Burton’s defense lawyer. “He is pleased that the judge didn’t impose a life sentence but his focus is now appealing the case now and hopefully get a new trial.”
It was an emotional day in court for family on both sides of the case. Burton’s parents spoke about their son’s character, but the victim’s loved ones disagree.
“You can try to do all the good in the world, but if you’re a murderer, you’re a murderer and he is a murderer,” said Ginn.
While Gebo’s family was pushing for life in prison. They are content with the judge’s ruling.
“I’d rather hear the word, life,” said Ginn. “But knowing that the earliest release is 86 years old, that’s pretty much life.”