Gaston Co. woman takes plea deal for deaths of 3 during group sex

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A Gaston County woman accused of murdering her husband and two other people took a plea deal Monday morning.

Crystal Gambino pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two counts of second-degree murder.

Gambino caught her husband, Giovanni, in bed with two other people, Geoffrey Gilliland and Stephanie Sanchez, in February 2016 and killed all three, according to police.

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The prosecutor said Giovanni Gambino went on Craigslist and found a couple to have sex with and even offered to pay them with cocaine.

Gambino shot and killed all three and dragged Sanchez's body outside, intending to burn it, according to the district attorney. The DA said Gambino stopped because she had to pick up her 8-year-old daughter from school.

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A judge sentenced Gambino to 29 years in prison.

Eddie Hime, Sanchez's father, scoffered at the plea deal.

"29 years for taking that away is not enough in my opinion," Hime said.

While Jennifer Burke, Gilliland's sister, showed Gambino pictures of her brother.

"I can only hope that you suffer every day," Burke said. "You wake up and endure sleepless nights because your guilty conscience is eating at you for what you have done."

Gambino's attorney called the killings the result of stewing domestic violence, mental health issues and infidelty.

Gambino spoke to the victims' families and apologized for what she had done.

"I hate this happened. It's a horrible tragedy, not only to these people, but to my family," Gambino said. "I can say I'm sorry, but I don't think they'll accept it anyway."

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