Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

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 |
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.

 

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.