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Salisbury Man Sentenced to 40 Years for 1999 Rape Case

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Christopher Gibbs Jr. Christopher Gibbs Jr.

SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 1999 rape case.

The Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office says Christopher Gibbs Jr., 52, was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years for second-degree rape, 10 years for robbery, and 10 years for first-degree burglary, all related to the same incident.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred July 22, 1999, in the area of Isabella Street.

The State's Attorney's Office said the victim was coming home from work when Gibbs forced her into her apartment at knifepoint. Gibbs ordered her to the bedroom where he sexually assaulted her, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

Officials said before Gibbs left the apartment he cut the phone cord from the wall and stole the victim's purse and keys.

The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment and DNA evidence from the case was sent to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab.

At the time, police could not identify a suspect, but the attacker's DNA was uploaded onto the FBI's Combined DNA Index System.

In 2014, the CODIS unit notified the Salisbury City Police that the DNA standard of Gibbs matched the DNA collected during the investigation on July 22, 1999.

Gibbs will serve his active 40-year sentence in the Maryland Division of Corrections. That sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to any other sentence Gibbs is currently obligated to serve.

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