Friday, February 7
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who raped and fatally stabbed a pregnant newlywed in her Orange County apartment has been sentenced to death.
A district attorney's statement says 43-year-old Jason Balcom was sentenced Friday for the 1988 attack that killed Malinda Gibbons.
Prosecutors say Gibbons and her husband had just moved from Utah to Costa Mesa and she was unpacking when Balcom attacked her.
She was bound, gagged, raped, sodomized and stabbed. Her husband found her body when he returned from work.
Authorities say six days later, Balcom raped another woman in Santa Ana at gunpoint then fled to Michigan.
Balcom was sentenced for the Santa Ana rape and for another rape in Michigan. He was serving a 50-year prison sentence in Michigan when DNA linked him to the Gibbons killing.