Both sides upset after guilty plea mid-trial in McCampbell murder case

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:55 PM

(WHAS11) - A murder suspect once facing the death penalty is now looking at 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to manslaughter mid-trial.

Zoann McCampbell was killed two years ago and her family says this is not justice for their loved one.

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In 2007 Zoann McCampbell was found murdered next to a dumpster on Manslick Road and after Monday's guilty plea, McCampbell's mother says what happened in court was beyond disappointing.

Corey Gibson was charged with murdering McCampbell and was on trial, but Monday, he plead guilty to manslaughter, which carries a 10 year sentence.

A plea agreement is the last thing McCampbell's family wanted to see, but prosecutors say that was the best outcome for this case based on where the trial was.

In addition to the family's feelings, the defense is also complaining about the handling of this case.

Corey Gibson's attorney says the prosecution lied about a deal made with a key witness in the case.

The Commonwealth's Attorneys Office says there was no conspiracy and no official misconduct by the prosecutor.

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