Gosch was convicted of death penalty following the death of Rebecca Patton, a forty three year old wife of Frank Patton who was the president of Castle Hill National Bank that occurred in September 1985. Rebecca was shot severally in the head with a .22 caliber pistol which was fitted with a silencer during an extortion effort in her Alamo heights locality home by Gosh and assistant Lawrence John Roger. The accused tried to abduct Rebecca in order to demand money from her family.
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Gosch lost four of his fingers on his left hand and the thumb; also his right hand thumb and index finger were lost as well from the accident. Basing my arguments on these evidences of Gosch’s disabilities, it would have been tremendously tricky for him to handle a weapon with one hand while fastening Mrs. Patton with the other. It would have not been easy for Gosch to take away the victim from the offense scene with these disabilities. I would therefore suggest that in this case, the verdict would have been life imprisonment rather than death penalty since there are contradicting evidences.