Abingdon, VA -- A Virginia judge has sentenced a North Carolina doctor to life in prison for the strangling death and mutilation of his father.
Vince Gilmer was convicted in August of the first-degree murder of his father, Dalton Donald Gilmer. Dalton Gilmer's body was found on June 29, 2004, next to a road in Virginia's Washington County. The body had rope burns around the neck, and the fingers and thumbs had been cut off.
The 43-year-old Vince Gilmer, of Fletcher, NC, insisted that he killed his father in a rage brought on by childhood sexual abuse and withdrawal from antidepressants. But the judge who sentenced him yesterday called him a cold-blooded killer.