Greg “Jap” Posey is scheduled to be sentenced this week on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Logan Circuit Court.

Posey was found guilty in the 2016 murder of Patrick “P.J.” Gilbert on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

The murder trial lasted for eight days before concluding with the jury’s verdict and sentencing recommendation of the maximum sentence of life in prison for Posey. He was also found guilty of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The jury recommended the maximum 10 years for that crime and asked that the two sentences run consecutively.

Special Judge John L. Atkins of Hopkinsville will be the one to hand down the final sentence to Posey. If he goes along with the jury’s recommendation, Posey will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Atkins was appointed as a special judge on the case after Logan Circuit Judge Tyler Gill recused himself because he expected to be called as a witness in the trial.

Before deciding on the suggested sentence at the end of the trial, the jury heard from Gilbert’s mother, Lisa Gilbert Miller.

“He was a very likeable, social person,” she said of her deceased son. “He had a compassionate heart, and if someone needed help, he would help them. They had to have his funeral at the high school because 500 people came to the service.”

Miller also described her son as a “mamma’s boy.”

“Every time he saw me, he told me he loved me,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been robbed. I feel like somebody snatched a piece of my heart. These past 14 months have been the worst of my life.”

During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that suggested Posey killed Gilbert after becoming involved with his ex-girlfriend. Dozens of threatening text messages were read as evidence of Posey’s motive in the murder, which happened in July of 2016.