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Gaston County wife expected to plead guilty in triple murder

Crystal Gambino in court (Christian Flores | WBTV) Crystal Gambino in court (Christian Flores | WBTV)
GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

Crystal Gambino, who is accused of fatally shooting her husband and two others, is expected to plead guilty at an arraignment scheduled for Monday, December 5, WBTV has learned.

Police were called to Gambino’s home on February 29, 2016, where they say they found Giovanni Gambino, Geoffrey Gilliland and Stephanie Sanchez dead.

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Police have said all three were found naked with gunshot wounds. Investigators say all three were shot in a bedroom inside the Gambino’s home and then Sanchez was moved to the back yard.

Gambino is currently scheduled to be arraigned in Gaston County Superior Court on Monday. A source with knowledge of the prosecution’s plans tells On Your Side Investigates that Gambino is expected to plead guilty as part of a plea deal worked out between her attorney and Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell.

Gambino’s defense attorney, Rick Beam, declined to comment when reached late Tuesday afternoon.

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Details of the plea deal were not immediately available. The family of at least one of the victims, Stephanie Sanchez, did not learn of the pending plea deal until Tuesday morning, On Your Side Investigates has learned.

Bell did not immediately return a voicemail left on his cell phone seeking comment.

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