Admitted killer once convicted locally

Gibson, suspected in serial murders, committed Tyrone sex assault in 2007

A sex offender once convicted in Blair County of statutory sexual assault now claims to have killed 32 people.

Nicholas Brent Gibson, 32, made the claim to reporters Friday after appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York where he waived extradition to Florida where he is the suspect in the killing of a 77-year-old man, according to the New York Post.

While Gibson was being led away after the hearing, he an­swered a reporter’s question as to whether he killed 77-year-old Erik Stocker in Florida by saying, “With my bare hands,” before then claiming to have killed 32 people in all, according to the Post.

The Post also reported that Gibson confessed to six other murders dating back to 1999 as well as Stocker’s in late April after his arrest by New York City police May 5 after the wanted man was spotted an L train platform.

Gibson was arrested by Tyrone police on Dec. 26, 2007, on charges he failed to register as a sex offender after a family Gibson had been staying with for about two weeks became suspicious of the then-21-year-old man who had come into town with their 15-year-old daughter, according to charges filed at the time.

Gibson and the girl met on the bus as she was returning home from Wisconsin, where she had been living for a time, and he was traveling to New York.

Gibson stayed with the family between Dec. 14 and Dec. 26, 2007.

When the family started noticing inconsistencies with Gibson’s account of his background, they called police who then determined he was a registered sex offender in Illinois.

The Post reported that he served seven years in Illinois for aggravated sexual assault.

During the course of the Tyrone police investigation, it was revealed Gibson had sex with the girl, and he was charged and ultimately pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault as well as failure to register as a sex offender.

Gibson was sentenced in Blair County Court on May 29, 2008, to 18 to 36 months in state prison for the sexual assault and a consecutive sentence of nine to 18 months for his guilty plea to failing to register.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.