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14+ years for man convicted in deadly barbell attack near Roy

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm with No Comments »
June 30, 2011 3:57 pm

A man convicted of beating his landlord with a barbell then running over her with a van was sentenced this afternoon to 14 years, three months in prison.

Ivan Lee Pinto, 33, pleaded guilty before his sentencing to second-degree murder in the November 2010 death of Janice Gallaher, 60.

The two were driving around near Roy when they got into an argument and Pinto attacked Gallaher, court records show.

Deputy prosecutor Jerry Costello told Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner that Gallaher died a “horrible death” and that Pinto deserved the high end of the standard sentencing range: 18 years, four months.

Defense attorney Mark Quigley told Buckner his client was in a methamphetamine-induced pyschosis during the killing and has a limited memory about what happened.

“He does have genuine remorse for what he did,” said Quigley, who asked for a low-end sentence of 10 years, three months.

Pinto told Buckner he felt awful about killing Gallaher and asked her loved ones, none of whom appeared in court, to try to forgive him one day.

“If you can’t, well, I don’t blame you,” he said.

The judge then settled on a mid-range sentence.


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