S.C. Man Receives 25 Year Sentence

For shooting into ex's house

Patrick Gentry
September 01, 2018 - 7:00 am
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A Blacksburg man received a 25-year prison sentence today after he admitted to shooting inside the occupied residence of his former girlfriend.

Timothy O. Galmer, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, 2 counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The shooting occurred just before 4:00 a.m. on July 5, 2016, at an Eastview Drive home. Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper right forearm when they responded to the scene. Galmer’s former girlfriend reported that Galmer called the home at 3:42 a.m. and told her to let him into the house.  He proceeded to bang on the locked back door and she did not respond to him.  Moments after she refused to open the door, Galmer broke the window to the back door, and armed with a 40 caliber pistol, fired ten (10) rounds into the bedroom where both victims had been sleeping moments before.  The gunfire injured the man in the bedroom.

The injured victim was treated at a local hospital.

Galmer fled the crime scene in the aftermath of the shooting and was arrested days later in North Carolina. 

Sheriff’s deputies utilized the victims’ statements, cellular telephone records and DNA evidence to connect Galmer to the crime, according to Deputy Solicitor Kim Leskanic.

Galmer will serve 85 percent of Circuit Judge Mark Hayes’ prison sentence before he is eligible for parole or early release. Galmer’s prior criminal record includes convictions for second-degree burglary, malicious injury to personal property and multiple drug offenses.

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