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Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:05 PM

Court gunman's son, daughter sentenced to life in prison

Source: CBS/AP

By CRIMESIDER STAFF CBS/AP February 18, 2016, 5:31 PM

Court gunman's son, daughter sentenced to life in prison

WILMINGTON, Delaware -- A man whose ex-wife was gunned down by his father at a Delaware courthouse was sentenced along with sister Thursday to life in prison on federal cyberstalking charges.

In sentencing David Matusiewicz and Amy Gonzalez, the judge described the stalking and shooting of Christine Belford as a "crime of malice" that struck at the heart of the state of Delaware's judicial system and tore the fabric of the community.

Judge Gerald McHugh Jr. also said the killing of Belford by Thomas Matusiewicz, David Matusiewicz's father, robbed her three daughters of their mother and their "childhood innocence." The murder ended what had been a bitter custody battle between David Matusiewicz and Belford.

After shooting Belford and and her friend, Laura Beth Mulford, Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, traded gunfire with police before killing himself. His widow and children have denied knowing that the former New Jersey police officer planned to kill Belford.

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