Sickness, macabre, and madness coming out of Alaska (for once, it’s not Sarah Palin related):
An Anchorage woman is being held on $1 million bond after being accused of setting a gasoline-fueled fire to kill her boyfriend.
Gina Virgilio, 25, was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and assault and two counts each of arson and criminal mischief.
She’s charged in Friday’s death of her live-in boyfriend, Michael Gonzalez, 24.
“Sure,” Virgilio said when asked if she would like an attorney appointed to represent her. She appeared behind glass in the jail courtroom at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. She wore a yellow jail jumpsuit and her hands were shackled behind her back with metal cuffs during the hearing, which lasted just over three minutes.
According to charging documents, police claim Virgilio’s mother, Michelle, and a registered nurse at an Anchorage hospital both claimed she confessed to them that she committed the murder.
The judge on Monday ordered she have no contact with potential witnesses, including her mother.
“I’m like shocked, hurt that he said she couldn’t contact me,” Michelle Virgilio told reporters following the hearing. “She is my world.”
According to the charging documents, police allege Gina Virgilio went to a nearby convenience store and bought gas in a container, even though her vehicle was not working and tagged for towing in the apartment complex.
She returned to the apartment early Friday morning. Her boyfriend was asleep on the couch and she sat next to him and looked at him. According to the charging documents, she then doused the couch and the area around it, positioned herself at the front door, lit some paper and threw the burning paper into the apartment.
She then fled, walked to a nearby elementary school and borrowed someone’s cellphone to call her mother, the charging documents say.
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I can see how this is going to play out in court: “I was depressed. On my period. And he was abusive.” She walks. To be fair, I haven’t heard anything about her defense strategy. And men are just as capable of doing despicable stuff. But I can see temporary insanity or some victimization defense being used here and giving her a legitimate chance of going free. Just as there is a reality of disparate conviction rates and sentencing between black and white men, so to is there a disparity in violent crime sentencing between men and women. To put it frankly, female defendants are much more likely to receive lenient sentence outcomes than their male counterparts. Sympathetic juries, I guess.
I hop this case proves my theory wrong. Because, regardless to what sins this man committed, he was killed in the most brutal way possible. Unless he was Satan incarnate, this horrific crime can’t go unpunished.