WILMINGTON, Del. (TCD) -- A jury found a 41-year-old suspected serial killer guilty of several charges relating to a "brutal crime spree" that occurred two years ago.
The Delaware Attorney General’s Office announced in a statement Tuesday, Nov. 14, that Keith Gibson was convicted of 25 crimes, including four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, 13 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, one count of theft of a motor vehicle, and one count of wearing body armor during the commission of a felony.
He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison in what Attorney General Kathy Jennings called a "deeply disturbing case."
On May 15, 2021, Gibson robbed a Metro PCS store in Elsmere and fatally shot employee Leslie Ruiz-Basilio, 28, then stole her car. A few weeks later, Gibson robbed and killed 42-year-old Ronald Wright, then assaulted someone else. Over the next few days, he assaulted three others and attempted to kill one of the victims.
Wilmington Police arrested him June 8, 2021, during an armed robbery at a local Rite Aid. He was reportedly wearing a ballistic vest and had a loaded firearm, ammunition, narcotics, and a knife on his person.
He was indicted in July 2021 on 41 felony counts. The Delaware Attorney General’s Office said at the time he is also considered a suspect in several murders in Philadelphia that occurred the same year.
According to WHYY-FM, Gibson is believed to have killed four people in Philadelphia between February and June 2021, including his mother, Christine Gibson. He also allegedly fatally shot Dunkin' employee Christine Lugo, and two other men.
Gibson was reportedly out on probation when he allegedly killed the victims.
Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in the statement following the conviction, "The defendant carried out a vicious, cold-blooded crime spree, killing two and injuring four people in Delaware, and facing pending charges for yet more violence in Pennsylvania. He was armed and wearing a bulletproof vest when law enforcement arrested him, and it is difficult to fathom how much more destruction he would have caused had he not been apprehended."