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Man who served 11 years in prison for road rage murder shot and killed in another incident

August 12, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man who served 11 years in prison for road rage murder shot and killed in another incident

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A man from Florida, who was released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for a road-rage murder, was shot and killed during another road rage attack.

Col. Donna Luscynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced that the fatal dispute occurred at approximately 7 am on Wednesday when Gary Lynn Durham, 40, pulled over his pickup truck, got out and approached an SUV behind him. What began as a verbal altercation quickly turned into a full-blown physical fight.

The SUV’s driver, Robert Padgett, 42, allegedly warned Durham before he pulled out a gun and fired at least once, according to investigators, according to the Tampa Bay Times

First responders arrived at the scene to find Padgett performing CPR on Durham, but he later died.

Luscynski stated that Padgett is cooperating with investigators and will not be arrested pending a review of the case.

Sources informed Fox 13 that investigators are looking into the possibility that the incident was a self-defense case.

According to the Daily Mail, Gary Durham was ironically shot 15 years after he murdered 48-year-old Timothy Gibbs in another road-rage incident, which put him in prison for over ten years.

Back in October 2001, a then 26-year-old Durham exchanged words with Timothy Gibbs after a near accident in Tampa. Durham trailed the victim to a nearby parking lot punched Gibbs in the face, who fell and hit his head.

Gibbs was in critical condition for nine days before dying from a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging. After his death, Durham turned himself into police and claimed that the incident was self-defense.

In September of 2002, Durham was sentenced to more than 11 years behind bars followed by five years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Before the road rage episode, he had served time in prison for aggravated assault, grand theft, and trafficking stolen property.

Nancy Gibbs, Timothy Gibbs’ late wife, called the death of her husband’s killer “poetic justice.”

In an interview with The Tampa Bay Times, Nancy Gibbs said, “I’m just glad I don’t have to worry about him or running into him somewhere.”

Durham was freed from prison in 2012. One year later, he was introduced to his future wife, Heather, through mutual friends, and the two married in 2015.

Heather Durham said that her husband was a generous man who would often help out his friends.

Durham told the Tampa Bay Times, “Just because he went to jail; that did not define who he was.”

“He wasn’t this angry person who went around angry all the time. People only see the side that the media spreads. They don’t know him like I did, or his family did,” she added.

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