Convicted Murder Loses Appeal in State Supreme Court
Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:04:37 EST
The State Supreme Court has ruled that a 41 year old Alpena man convicted of second-degree murder will remain in prison.
Gerald Lee Arbuckle successfully argued to the State Supreme Court that a hearing should be held to consider a new trial, but also rejected a leave to appeal on a State Court of Appeals ruling.
Twenty four years ago today (December 4th, 1993), Arbuckle got into an argument with, and shot Gary Stevens at point blank range in front of the Alpena Public Safety Building.
The following summer, a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a short barreled shotgun / rifle. He received life, two years, and three to five years, respectively.
At that time, the court said on the record "The defendant has demonstrated no regard for human life. He aimed for the head of the victim and waited for the victim to move his arms to allow a better shot. He attempted to cover his trail following the shooting. He carefully and deliberately wiped his prints from the gun and threw it into a wooded area. Defendant has shown no remorse for his actions. Further, in the Court’s opinion, he is a significant threat to the community.
Arbuckle remains incarcerated, currently serving his life sentence at the Chippewa Correctional Facility.