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Jury convicts man of burglary, battery

February 28, 2007

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A Douglas County jury on Tuesday convicted a Lawrence man of charges from a September 2005 fight that injured another Lawrence man.

After deliberating more than four hours, jurors found Louis G. Galloway, 44, guilty of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery for kicking down the door of his neighbor Michael S. Miller, 48, and attacking him.

Brandon Jones, assistant Douglas County district attorney, said the aggravated burglary conviction could carry a sentence of nearly 11 years in prison. Jurors convicted Galloway on a less-severe aggravated battery charge than prosecutors sought, but it still could add more than two years to his sentence.

Galloway had other cases pending in Douglas County, but Jones said the state had put the most stock into this case.

"This was the big one because this was the one that carried the most jail time," Jones said.

Miller testified Tuesday that Galloway had attacked him twice, breaking at least one of his ribs.

Galloway's court-appointed defense attorney, Jason Billam, declined comment after the verdict. Throughout the trial, Billam had argued that Galloway acted in self-defense because Miller started the two fights.

The trial, which began Monday, originally was scheduled for December, but it was delayed when Miller was shot in Ottawa in what authorities said was an apparent attempt to end the legal proceedings. Four people - but not Galloway - have been charged in Franklin County in that case and are awaiting trial there.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild will sentence Galloway on March 29.

Comments

dthroat 7 years, 9 months ago

Good. Maybe we can keep this thug off the streets for awhile.

torcia 7 years, 9 months ago

Good job Brandon Jones. He is a top notch prosecutor. Good thing Branson didn't try this one or the guy would have walked!

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