Experts have said that if the authorities catch Brian Laundrie and charge him with the death of Gabby Petito, he will face a death sentence. Gabby Petito’s remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday, September 19. However, her official identification was confirmed on September 21, while her death was classified as murder.
The FBI’s Denver office said in a statement: “Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blue, confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, born March 19, 1999. The cause of death remains until the final autopsy result.
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Gabby’s family filed a missing person report for her on September 11th after being unable to reach them for several days. The 22-year-old was on an overland trip with boyfriend Brian, who is now also a person of interest in the case. While 23-year-old Brian Laundrie returned to his home in North Port, Florida on September 1, he did not inform anyone of Gabby’s whereabouts. Even after the young woman was reported missing, he refused to speak directly to investigators and instead hired a lawyer.
But eventually Brian was also missing. His parents told authorities that they last saw him on September 14 when he went on a hike. The police have been looking for him since then. Although they have not brought charges against him, they said Gabby Petito’s case is now a criminal investigation.
Alfredo Garcia, a professor at St. Thomas University College of Law and former assistant prosecutor in Florida, said if Brian were captured and investigators charged in connection with Gabby’s death, he could face “potentially the death penalty.” The young man is from Florida and his girlfriend’s remains were found in Wyoming – both of which are among the few US states where the death penalty is still legal. Garcia added, “If there is [the crime] occurred in Wyoming, they would have jurisdiction “to enforce the death penalty there.
Harvey Morse, a private investigator with Locators International in Florida, believed Brian faced either life imprisonment or the death penalty. He added, “I hope this person is found and if he is the culprit he pleads guilty and is not pulling out this case that would cause so much suffering to so many people.”
Meanwhile, people on Twitter also commented on speculation about the death sentence. One user tweeted, “Great news I found. Wyoming has the death penalty. #BrianLaundrie #GabbyPetito. “The second wrote,” Correct me if I’m wrong … both Wyoming and Florida have the death penalty? If the coward is caught alive, he faces execution or life in prison if convicted. Life in prison can be worse when he’s molested a woman. #GabbyPetito #BrianLaundrie. ”“ #BrianLaundrie To the policeman who finds him: Please hold back from all this evil! Choke the bastard, shoot him up close, or just beat him to death. #Northpointpolice #fbi Let’s watch the death penalty see justice! #GabbyPepito #utaharches #vanlife @bizarre_design_ “, remarked the third user.
Correct me if I’m wrong … both Wyoming and Florida have the death penalty? If the coward is caught alive, he faces execution or life in prison if convicted. Life in prison can be worse when he’s molested a woman. #GabbyPetito #BrianLaundrie
– Dave Thomas (@newstouse) September 22, 2021
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