Life sentences handed down for Waynesboro murder

The man accused of stabbing an elderly couple to death in Waynesboro pleaded guilty Friday and received two consecutive life sentences without parole plus 40 years.


Tony O. Grubbs, 41, pleaded guilty to the slayings of Ralph and Trudy Gordon. Sometime between June 18 and 20, the couple, ages 82 and 83 respectively, were killed in their Ninth Street home. Ralph Gordon was stabbed 15 times and Trudy Gordon was stabbed 30 times.

District Attorney Ashley Wright said her office was in the process of seeking the death penalty against Grubbs.

Neither Wright nor Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey knew where Grubbs would serve his sentence, but Coursey applauded the job of Wright and her office.

“It was what the family of the victims wanted,” said Coursey. “He will never be returned to society. I think justice was served.”



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