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Detroit Cop Killer Gets Life Without Parole

Detroit Cop Killer Gets Life Without Parole

Officer Brian Huff

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

May 06, 2011

DETROIT – In a courtroom wracked by sobs, with uniformed officers wall-to-wall, Jason Gibson was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the fatal shooting of Detroit Police Officer Brian Huff a year ago.

“I don’t know why you had to take my dad away,” 11-year-old Blair Huff said as Gibson sat hunched over at the defense table not 10 feet away.

“He was a good man,” the youngster said. “He was just doing his job.”

Huff was killed, and four other officers were wounded, last May while investigating a reported break-in at a vacant duplex on Schoenherr near 8 Mile. Gibson reportedly surprised the officers as they entered. Large quantities of marijuana were recovered from the house.

In all, Gibson was convicted on 17 counts of murder, assault, drug and weapons violations.

“Justice has prevailed,” said Huff’s wife, Melissa Alexander-Huff, as she thanked Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway, the jurors and Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Trzcinski.

Alexander-Huff said her husband believed that reason and talking could change lives and stop violence.

“If you would have heard his voice, none of us would be here today,” Alexander-Huff told Gibson.

Huff, she said, was a man who left his home each day with a badge and faith: “Whenever he’d go out that door, we’d cover him with prayer that this day would never come.”

She recalled that they had met when they were toddlers, and the playmates grew into adulthood and marriage.

“He was our protector,” she said.

Huff’s stepmother Ginger Radd-Blair said he was a big, gentle man. “But mostly, he was a giant to his son. … And I want you to know that giants never die.”

The spectators’ gallery was packed with Detroit police officers — most of them in uniform, but also many in plainclothes — and ringed with Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Four deputies surrounded Gibson throughout the 35-minute sentencing.

Emotions ran high. Huff’s sister Tanise Blair sobbed aloud. Even Trzcinski, a veteran of dozens of homicide trials, apologized for weeping as he acknowledged all the law enforcement personnel and private citizens who aided Huff and the prosecution.

In handing down the sentence, Hathaway told Gibson that the dope bosses weren’t standing in court with him to pay the price for taking a life and harming so many others.

“Do those drug people mean that much to you?” she asked. “Can they mean that much to you?”

Given the opportunity to speak, Gibson began in a hoarse whisper, but stammered when told to speak up. He appeared to struggle and then chose silence.

“Good luck to this entire community,” Hathaway said, ending the hearing.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump USLawman1983. Rest In Peace. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump USLawman1983. RIP, Brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    If this is what the courts decided on, then I will support it. I am like Tassin2164, the death penalty would have been justice. Now we support him the rest of his life in prison. I just think a cop killer should be put to death. I think being a LEO, is why I feel that way. I would not kill someone for that crime. But I do feel it should be a law across the land.


  • Edit2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    True justice would have been the death penalty

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    When our best and brightest are taken away from us in this manner, the only answer should be the death penalty. Swift and sure ........

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Your drug buddies are no where to be found. RIP Officer Huff.

  • Images_7a8ec2bec1e1bf7f38b54b52a8c9c453_max50


    over 3 years ago


    No death penalty? Bump>USLawman1983

  • 582602_3283682777720_334551836_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Justice Prevailed, but unfortunately the 11 year old son won't get his dad back, while this fool will be allowed visits, commissary, letters, phone calls......Very Sad

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Killin' cops should be an automatic death sentence. Damn shame. RIP Officer Huff

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    The suspect better be happy that the judicial system is not like it used to be. We all know what the sentence could have been here in Texas. Any killer is worthy of the death penalty in my book, if convicted. RIP Officer Huff.

  • Image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    bump rhood

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP, Officer Huff!!! Would rather have seen the sentence end in the Death Penalty!!

    I went to the visitation for Officer Huff last year. A tremendous loss for his family, the Department and the community!!!!!!

  • Eod_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Officer Huff...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    For what he did, he should only come out in a box! Prayers and condolences to the Huff family, all LEOS with Detroit PD and Wayne Co Sheriff's Office. May Officer Huff rest in peace.

  • Dolphins_fantasy_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Officer Huff.

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