Woman Charged With Murder in Death of Roommate at Bloomington Sober Living Complex

May 09, 2018 06:49 PM

The woman arrested in connection to the death of a woman with whom she resided at a sober living complex has been charged with second-degree murder.

Bloomington police said 69-year-old Corrine Louise Gibbs was found dead at her residence on 12th Avenue Sunday night. Donna Mae Bastyr, 46, was arrested in connection to her death.


She was charged Wednesday in Hennepin County.

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A witness reportedly told authorities Bastyr was upset because she believed Gibbs had reported her for drinking at the sober house, and that she'd be kicked out of the program.

According to the criminal complaint, police found Gibbs' body lying on the floor of a bedroom. It appeared to be partially obscured by clothing and boxes, and a large amount of blood was reportedly visible on the boxes, bed, floor and wall. An electrical cord was reportedly wrapped around her neck, and she was said to have multiple visible bruises on her body.

The complaint states police also observed a dumbbell and ceramic bowl in the immediate area that also appeared to have blood on them.

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According to an autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Gibbs' injuries included six broken ribs, left and right fractures of the superior horns of thyroid cartilage, a fractured hyoid bone, bruising on both her upper arms and multiple lacerations to the head, cheeks and tongue.

Investigators learned Gibbs had two roommates, the complaint states. One was Bastyr. The other roommate stated she was not at the apartment all weekend. And when she returned Sunday night, she found Gibbs on the floor and called 911.

The complaint states that as police were processing the crime scene, a separate call was received regarding an allegedly drunk and disorderly female involved in a domestic altercation two blocks away at another sober living complex. When officers responded to the 1100 block of East 80th Street, they reportedly learned Bastyr was assaulting a male in the parking lot, later identified as her boyfriend.

The complaint alleges Bastyr confirmed she resided in the apartment, but said she hadn't been home all day and had left the apartment at noon. The complaint claims she had visible scrapes and bruises, and that she provided "several different explanations for where she was during the day."

The man she was reportedly assaulting allegedly told police Bastyr was extremely intoxicated that day. And that she told him Gibbs was "going to get hers."

He also reportedly said when he picked her up at the apartment that evening, he did not go inside. But that Bastyr appeared disheveled and had cuts to her face and bruises on her arms.

The man reportedly stated Bastyr was upset because she believed Gibbs had reported her for drinking at the sober house. And that she had told him over the phone that she had killed her by bludgeoning her and wrapping a cord around her neck.

The complaint alleges he also said she asked him to help move and hide the body.

Both Gibbs and Bastyr have been convicted of DWI's in the past. Gibbs has also been convicted of more serious crimes, including drug sales and possession.


Frank Rajkowski

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