Lawrence felon charged with possessing sword, knife collection

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Louis G. Galloway Jr.

A Lawrence resident and convicted felon has been charged with possessing weapons, specifically a collection of swords and knives.

Louis G. Galloway Jr., 28, was arrested last week on suspicion of nine counts of being a felon in possession of weapons. Charges filed earlier this month in Douglas County District Court allege that in late December Galloway had three swords, four machetes and two other knives, including one described as a “gold handle dagger.”

In 2011, Galloway was sentenced to more than five years in prison for attacking a Lawrence police officer and permanently injuring his eye, ending his career as an officer because he could no longer patrol at night.

Galloway was convicted of aggravated battery and other crimes for punching Officer Jonathan Evinger during a Feb. 26, 2011, confrontation near 26th and Iowa streets, as Evinger and another officer tried to arrest him for driving on a suspended license, the Journal-World previously reported.

Galloway disputed that he was driving, and at his sentencing accused officers of profiling him because his father, Louis G. Galloway Sr., who has a lengthy history of felony convictions in Douglas County, was in prison.

Galloway Jr. absconded from parole in 2017, according to KDOC.

Since that time he’s been charged in four other cases with crimes including fleeing police, possession of weapons and possession of methamphetamine, according to court records. One case remains pending, a judge acquitted him in one, and prosecutors dismissed charges in two with the possibility of refiling them later.

In his new case, according to court and jail records, Galloway has been appointed a lawyer and remains jailed on $2,500 bond.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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