A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago man to life in prison for fatally shooting a 23-year-old teller during a South Side bank robbery.
There was little suspense heading into David Vance’s sentencing hearing Wednesday. His 2011 conviction for killing Tramaine Gibson carried a mandatory life term without parole.
But emotions still ran high.
According to media reports, Gibson’s father, Verton Gibson, addressed the court. He called the 34-year-old Vance “vermin” who deserved to go away for life.
Vance robbed the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan with two accomplices in 2007. Vance shot Gibson when the teller said he couldn’t open the bank’s vault. The three made off with $6,900.
Gibson’s father told reporters later he’s glad he’d “never have to lay … eyes on David Vance again.”