August 27, 2016 | 78° | Check Traffic

Top News

California tourist gets 40 years for killing girlfriend on Maui

  • COURTESY: MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENTGerald Galaway is being held without bail after his arrest for the alleged murder of Celestial Cassman, a Santa Cruz attorney.
    COURTESY: MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT
    Gerald Galaway is being held without bail after his arrest for the alleged murder of Celestial Cassman, a Santa Cruz attorney.
  • COURTESY LAKE COUNTY RECORD-BEE
    COURTESY LAKE COUNTY RECORD-BEE

A California man who pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend during a Maui vacation has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Maui County Prosecuting Attorney John Kim said Gerald Galaway was sentenced Thursday to 20 years for manslaughter and 20 years for kidnapping. The sentences are to be served consecutively.  

Galaway and attorney Celestial Cassman, both of Santa Cruz, Calif., were vacationing together in 2011. Cassman’s body was found in northern Maui after witnesses saw her struggling with a man. 

Galaway was arrested after jumping off a cliff into the ocean. 

He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of manslaughter last year. 

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will determine how many years he’ll serve before being eligible for parole. 

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.