MIAMI, FL—July 19, 2011 – A Los Angeles man who confessed to beating his wife to death during a cruise ship vacation two years ago faces life in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine for the horrific offence. According to information provided by NBC San Diego, Robert McGill, of Winnetka, California, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on July 14, 2011.
The body of Shirley McGill, 55, was discovered in the couple’s cruise cabin in July 2009, toward the end of a Carnival Cruise voyage to Cabo San Lucas. Robert, who had been employed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education for more than three decades, was arrested aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship Elation shortly after.
Shirley was supposed to be celebrating the fact that she had just retired from her job with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when she was brutally murdered aboard the cruise vessel. Upon entering a guilty plea during a recent court hearing, Robert admitted that his ruthful acts were both “deliberate” and “intentional.” He is scheduled for sentencing on charges of second-degree murder on November 8.
According to the Miami cruise ship injury attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, more cruise ship industry reform is needed in order to protect travelers and employees from preventable injuries, assaults, rapes, and in extreme cases such as the one above, murder.
About the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers and Crime Victim Attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz, P.A.
Leading Florida cruise ship injury lawyers Gerson & Schwartz state that ship firms have managed to avoid potential litigation through unethical business practices for years. Such practices can leave victims of molestation and/or sexual assault struggling to attain compensation for their pain and suffering. For more than 30 years, the Miami cruise ship injury attorneys of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. have been dedicated to protecting the rights of travelers and cruise ship employees who have been sexually assaulted, sustained serious injury or been subject to preventable harm while aboard these “hospitable” vessels.