CLAYTON, Mo. -- A 35-year-old man accused of leading a gang that robbed and killed at least five old people was sentenced Wednesday to die in the gas chamber for the October 1980 slayings of an elderly couple.
George Gilmore of Mineral Point, Mo., who had already been convicted in a third killing and charged with capital murder in a fourth, was sentenced to die on May 28 at the Missouri Penitentiary in Jefferson City.
'For what you did to elderly people, I have no compassion for you whatsoever,' St. Louis County Circuit Judge James Ruddy told Gilmore.
Gilmore was convicted in December of shooting to death Charles C. Williams, 83, and his wife, Lottie, 72, whose Glencoe, Mo., farmhouse, was then burned to conceal evidence.
Prosecutor Steven H. Goldman said Gilmore spent the time of the murder spree with two men, two women and 11 children in a mobile home near Mineral Point, Mo.
Goldman told the jury the killings began after Gilmore suggested, 'Let's rob old people because old people around here don't use banks and they ought to have a lot of money around.'
Goldman said the gang decided to kill the victims because it was a more reliable way to avoid identification.
Gilmore is awaiting sentencing for his conviction last month in the August 1979 shooting death of Mary L. Watters, 83, of Robertsville, Mo. An Osage County Circuit Court jury also recommended the death penalty for that conviction. Gilmore also is charged in the death of Woodrow W. Elliott, 65, a disabled Allenton, Mo., man.
The death sentence will be automatically reviewed by the Missouri Supreme Court. Missouri already had 16 people on death row.