Skinhead sentenced for 1989 killing

August 25, 2008 8:55:23 AM PDT
A white supremacist convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the fatal shooting of a black man nearly 20 years ago has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Thomas Gibison was sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in prison Monday for conspiracy and weapons charges connected to the 1989 shooting of Aaron Wood. A friend of Gibison testified they drove to North Philadelphia to find a black man to kill to earn a white supremacist tattoo.

Gibison had been charged with murder, but was acquitted on that charge in June.

The charges were filed after a former girlfriend tipped off federal agents. Police reviewed dozens of unsolved murders from early 1989 before settling on Wood as the victim.

Gibison was serving a 10-year sentence on weapons offenses when he was charged.

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