Suspect takes deal in connection with Thanksgiving Day homicide - WNEM TV 5


Suspect takes deal in connection with Thanksgiving Day homicide

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A woman has taken a plea deal, and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a Thanksgiving Day homicide.

Rebecca Trevino, 35, is accused in the death of 43-year-old James Gascoyne at the home the couple shared on the 2600 block of Ohio Street in Saginaw County’s Bridgeport Township.

Paul Church, a neighbor, said he heard at least six gunshots and then moments later the woman who lives next door knocked on his door and said, "I shot him, I shot him."

Church said he then called police. Church also mentioned that the woman had a turbulent relationship that often resulted in violence.

Neighbors said the couple had a troubled relationship that often led to physical abuse, but Gascoyne's family is speaking out against those allegations.

"My brother was an awesome guy," Erik Gascoyne said.

He said the allegations of domestic violence are not the brother he knew.

His sister Michelle Gascoyne said this tragedy not only ruins Thanksgiving forever but also the victim's 4-year-old son's birthday that also fell on Thanksgiving this year.

Friday Trevino pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and in exchange counts of homicide and two weapons charges were dropped.

She will serve at least 45 months in prison, and will be sentenced in September.

Gascoyne was featured on TV5 in 2012 for heroism. He helped a Carrollton Township family escape their burning home.

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