COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (7/5): Glen Galloway will spend the rest of his life and then some behind bars.
The double-killer was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole, plus an additional 171.5 years.
A jury took the death penalty off the table earlier in the week. Galloway is only the second person in 10 years in an El Paso County courtroom to face that possibility.
UPDATE (7/3): A jury rejected the death penalty as a sentence for Glen Galloway, one week after he was found guilty of two murders.
The jury announced the decision on Tuesday, meaning Galloway will be sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crimes.
Last Tuesday, the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for killing his ex-girlfriend, Janice Nam, in May 2016. They also found him guilty of second-degree murder for shooting a friend to death, Marcus Anderson, just a day before killing his ex.
Those murders happened five months before cutting off his ankle monitor to avoid being sentenced for stalking Nam.
“Janice Nam did everything she could to get him out of her life," said 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May after the jury's decision. "She had broken up with him and he couldn’t take no for an answer. She got a restraining order and he went right through that. She called the police when he was stalking her. We brought charges. He was convicted, and what does he do? He doesn’t show up for sentencing and again is out to get her.”
The district attorney says while he is disappointed in the decision, he respects the jury.
“In terms of making the decision, seeking the death penalty, this is one quite frankly, if you saw him, he had absolutely zero remorse,” said May. "I think the evidence would show that if he had the opportunity to do that same murder today, he probably would.”
May also added to Galloway's lack of remorse attitude by describing how the man acted in court.
“Total disrespect for the court," May said. "He could have worn a suit to court every day. He chose to wear orange. He refused to stand for the judge, is my understanding. He called the judge some names that I can’t say on camera. He certainly said the same thing about some of my prosecutors.”
May continued, “He threw the laptop. At the time, everyone thought it was at the court reporter because it just barely missed her. I guess he clarified he was actually throwing it at the judge and that was his attitude throughout this trial and quite frankly, the last few years in terms of his behavior and character traits that came out.”
The families had no comment Tuesday and neither did Galloway's attorneys.
Galloway's official sentencing will take place on Thursday, but because of the law, the decision is already made that he will serve life in prison.
“I’m very proud of our prosecution team here," May said. "They have put in a number of hours in this case. They did a marvelous job and I actually think the judge did a marvelous job in this case.”
UPDATE (6/27): The first phase of sentencing concluded late Wednesday morning with jurors agreeing that the prosecution proved three of the four aggravating factors:
-The jury agreed it was proven Glen Galloway committed first-degree burglary when he broke into his ex-girlfriend Janice Nam's home and killed her.
-They agreed he killed Nam to prevent prosecution (ie. to prevent a stalking conviction).
-They agreed he intentionally killed more than one person during more than one criminal episode (along with Nam, Galloway also killed Marcus Anderson).
The the second half of the day, the defense moved into phase two of sentencing to present its evidence. That phase will likely last through Friday.
At stake is a possible death sentence for Galloway, though due to jurors rejecting a first-degree murder verdict on the Anderson killing charge, a death sentence is an uphill battle for the prosecution.
UPDATE (6/26): The jury decided Glen Galloway is guilty of first-degree murder, meaning he could still face the death penalty in the sentencing phase of a double-murder trial.
The jury found Galloway guilty on Tuesday of both first-degree and second-degree murder in two May 2016 deadly shootings.
The sentencing phase started at about 2:45 p.m. Soon after, Galloway requested a conflict hearing, where the judge had the public leave the courtroom.
The first phase of sentencing began with testimony. The jury was then sent home for the day as defense attornies requesting changes on juror instructions. The sentencing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday morning.
Galloway will either see life in prison without parole or the death penalty.