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Fayetteville woman returning home after rapist sentenced to more jail time

Posted January 31

— Angela Gibbs said she still blames herself for what happened to her in 2013.

"I always think back to it. What could I have done differently? What I shouldn't have done," Gibbs said.

Gibbs was raped by a sex offender in a Fayetteville duplex four years ago. She went to the home to meet a man she met online. Little did she know, Shelby Pettis was a convicted sex offender.

"This wasn't the first time, this was the second time that I met him, the second time I went over to his house and he just flipped," she said.

Pettis was scheduled to be released from jail in two months, but Tuesday he was sentenced to an additional eight years for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to North Carolina.

Gibbs went to federal court Tuesday to share her story in hopes of keeping her attacker locked up. She said the ruling gives her some peace of mind.

"I love the sentence," she said. "Because I just moved because I thought he was getting out this year - I moved to Florida," she said.

Gibbs moved away from her daughter and grandchild who live in Fayetteville because he was being released. Now, she is moving back.

Gibbs was one of the four defendant's victims since 2005. The youngest victim was 14.


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  • Jason Matthews Feb 1, 2017
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    All convcted rapists should be castrated at minimum. Especially this animal

  • Maureen Mercer Jan 31, 2017
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    May he die in prison and donate his organs.

  • Sandy Smith Jan 31, 2017
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    Ms. Gibbs, do not blame yourself. If anything, blame the pathetic justice system that we have. Doesn't anyone keep tabs on these lowlife creatures? Don't they have inform the court system that they are moving? Thank you for standing up and fighting so that this creature is not out on the street again. Come back home to your family. This is your right to be near your loved ones when you need them the most! Don't let this scum of the earth take your family from you.