DATE: February 26, 2016
CASE: Gary Eberly
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Donell Slivka, Homicide Unit
The Honorable Michael Kenny sentenced Gary Eberly to 25 years to life in prison. On January 28, 2016, a jury convicted Eberly of first-degree murder.
On November 27, 2013, Eberly called 911 and said he found his wife dead in their backyard shed. Responding officers found the victim, Rhonda Jones, in the shed covered in blankets. Her head was wrapped in a plastic garbage bag with tape wrapped around her face and head. Eberly told law enforcement officers his wife left him for another man and took her belongings. Eberly said he then traveled to Los Angeles to look for a job and found his wife dead in the shed several days later. Further investigation revealed Eberly did not leave town as he claimed. Investigators also found blood on the headboard and pillows in the master bedroom.
DNA analyzed by the District Attorney’s Crime Lab revealed the blood matched the victim. The coroner determined the victim died from probable asphyxia. She also suffered multiple blunt force trauma and facial contusions to her mouth, the bridge of her nose, and her forehead.
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