Southern Indiana man gets 65 years after already getting death sentence

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A southern Indiana man already facing the death penalty has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for a Florida woman's 2002 slaying.

A Floyd County judge sentenced 56-year-old William Clyde Gibson III on Thursday for the October 2002 murder of Karen Sue Hodella. Gibson pleaded guilty in March to killing the Port Orange, Fla., woman, whose body was found in early 2003 in Clarksville near the Ohio River.

Gibson was sentenced to death in November after jurors convicted him of killing his mother's best friend, 75-year-old Christine Whitis, during a 2012 attack in New Albany.

He's scheduled to stand trial in June in the murder of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk. The Charlestown woman's remains were found buried in Gibson's backyard days after his arrest in Whitis' death.

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