Campbell County family upset with plea deal

Campbell County family upset with plea deal

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Rocky Gibson (Source: Family) Rocky Gibson (Source: Family)
Jonathan Sexton accepted the plea deal in court. Jonathan Sexton accepted the plea deal in court.
Sexton was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation. Sexton was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.
"I wasn't happy about it because I know the stuff he's done before and he got slapped on the hand," said Rocky Gibson's daughter, Denika Tomblin. "I wasn't happy about it because I know the stuff he's done before and he got slapped on the hand," said Rocky Gibson's daughter, Denika Tomblin.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - As Campbell County man took a plea in a manslaughter case from November, the victim's family said Monday they don't feel he was given enough time for the crime.

Jonathan Sexton, 26, was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he was accused of stabbing 53-year-old Rocky Gibson to death in LaFollette.

Gibson's daughter, Denika Tomblin, says it has been hard coping with the loss of her father.

"Playing with his grandchildren and singing to them," said Tomblin, "Arguing with him. He did argue with everyone."

Gibson's family wanted to speak out Monday because the man charged with his death was in court.

Sexton pleaded guilty to the voluntary manslaughter charge and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.

"When I was told they plea bargained for six months sentence and three years probation, I couldn't believe it," said Gibson's sister, Patricia Ann Davis.

"I wasn't happy about it because I know the stuff he's done before and he got slapped on the hand," said Tomblin.

After the judge accepted Sexton's plea, Gibson's daughter asked the judge to give him more time. The judge explained that under the law this is a legitimate sentence.

"I don't understand why it's like this," said Davis. "I've seen other people's families go through similar things. I don't understand it."

The family says the district attorney did not ask them if they like the plea deal and only found out about it shortly after Gibson's death.

They want to show how the justice system works and help provide more information for families of victims in the future.

"I hope they are able to get more justice than what my family has had," said Tomblin.

Investigators say alcohol played a factor in the death of Gibson. Sexton was a family friend.

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