Man sentenced in Pawtucket murder

Man sentenced in Pawtucket murder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney Gen. Peter Neronha has announced that a Providence man has been sentenced in the murder of Pawtucket resident Jeffrey Lebrun in 2013. Juan Gibson, 49, was sentenced in Providence County Superior Court to serve multiple life sentences at the Adult Correctional Institutions for the burglary and subsequent murder of Lebrun.

Gibson was found guilty on Jan. 22 by a Providence County Superior Court jury on one count each of murder, burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. These charges arose from two separate incidents occurring at Lebrun’s home in Pawtucket on May 19, 2013, and two months later on July 28, 2013.

At a hearing Wednesday before Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers, Gibson was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at the ACI followed by an additional 40 years to serve.

“Today’s sentencing marks the conclusion of a lengthy and challenging criminal investigation and prosecution,” said Neronha in a statement. “The passage of time is not a friend to criminal investigations, but thanks to advances in technology that helped identify DNA evidence and the persistence of the Pawtucket Police Department and the rest of the investigative team, the defendant now has been held accountable for his conduct. The victim’s family has waited long enough for the justice that this sentence deservedly brings.”

During trial, prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt that on during the early morning hours on May 19, 2013, Gibson and another individual burglarized Lebrun’s home in Pawtucket. Gibson and the other individual entered his home armed with a knife and carrying a backpack filled with tools and materials to be used to commit a robbery. Lebrun fought off both intruders but sustained several cuts from the knife during the struggle.

Prosecutors also proved beyond a reasonable doubt that during the early morning hours on July 28, 2013, Gibson and the second person returned to Lebrun’s home where they broke in, and after a short struggle, shot and killed him. Lebrun’s daughter was at home during the home invasion and heard the gunshots while she hid in her bedroom closet.

Detectives Charles Devine and Dave Silva of the Pawtucket Police Department led the investigation into the case. Assistant Attorneys Gen. Ania Zielinski and Scott Erickson prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.