A transient convicted of killing 85-year-old Gilbert Lisonbee was sentenced Wednesday to serve five years to life at the Utah State Prison for the murder.
Fredrick Germonto, 27, was also ordered to serve two consecutive 1-to-15-year prison terms for robbery and forgery in connection with the Jan. 9, 1989, beating death. Third District Judge Raymond Uno said those terms could be served concurrently with the 5-to-life term he received for the second-degree murder conviction.During his trial, Germonto told a jury he must have killed Lisonbee, but he said he could not remember actually doing so. Witnesses testified the victim had been hit over the head as many as 25 times with objects consistent with a large wrench, a glass bottle and a heavy bookend carved into the bust of Brigham Young.
Lisonbee had previously hired Germonto to shovel snow at his house. Prosecutors said Germonto returned to Lisonbee's home on Jan. 9, beat him to death, then stole his checkbook, his wallet, a diamond ring and later forged a check for $270.
Germonto said he killed in self-defense after Lisonbee confronted him with a large butcher knife.