Pennsylvania mother of murder victim confronts killer in court; calls him a “living monster”
A mother confronted her daughter’s murderer in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Wednesday before he was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend at least 30 times in a meeting at a train station Last year.
A Montgomery County jury convicted Gilbert Newton III, 19, of first degree murder in the death of Morgan McCaffery after just 2.5 hours of deliberation, Fox News affiliate WTXF-Télé reported. Moments later, Judge William Carpenter handed down his sentence for the July 2020 murder.
Newton showed no emotion during the procedure. However, McCaffery’s mother, Kathleen, spoke up during his sentencing.
“It’s not just a life sentence for you, Gil,” she said to Newton, The Philadelphia Investigator reported.
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She also called him a “living monster”.
“It’s a life sentence that you have imposed on all of us,” she continued. “I hate you. I will always hate you, and I will never say your name again.”
Prosecutors said Newton lured McCaffery, 18, to Abington Township train station, 13 miles north of Philadelphia, months after their relationship ended.
During the meeting, he stabbed her with two kitchen knives which he took from his mother’s knife block and fled, according to the newspaper. He then allegedly confessed to the murder.
Newton decided to kill McCaffery after seeing a social media post of her with another man, prosecutors said.
“That’s when he hatched his plan to kill her. If he couldn’t have her, no one could,” Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McLaughlin told reporters.
Newton’s attorney argued that his client killed McCaffery but initially planned to harm himself. During the trial, prosecutors presented threatening text messages that they said Newton sent to McCaffery. A message said he would stab her in the neck, according to the Inquirer.
“Yes, we have texts that say ‘I’m going to stab you 57 times in the neck’, but it’s a kid,” defense attorney Charles Peruto Jr. said. “He says a lot of things.
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In an effort to raise awareness of adolescent domestic violence, McCaffery’s family began Morgan’s light, a nonprofit organization that helps young adults recognize the signs of toxic relationships.