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California tourist gets 40 years for killing girlfriend on Maui

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:16 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2013

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. 

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pauliboy wrote:
40 years too lenient for her suffering.
on October 17,2013 | 03:30PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
And we get to pay 40 years of his imprisoned life. Too bad we can't send this tourist back to his home state to serve time.
on October 17,2013 | 06:51PM
Ratrase wrote:
Two Concurrent 20 year sentences, he'll be out on parole in 8 - 10. Life is cheap in Hawaii.
on October 17,2013 | 10:57PM
HanabataDays wrote:
In a big hurry to comment, eh? The article clearly states the terms are to be served CONSECUTIVELY. I'd rate your analysis as just about as reliable with your reading skills.
on October 18,2013 | 02:37AM
mokebla wrote:
Hanabata, you need to wipe your hupe open you maka. With all the pass cases in Hawai'i, its laws are to liberal against the victims. Do you home work, or kule kule.
on October 18,2013 | 06:10AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So witnesses saw her struggling with a man and never helped?
on October 18,2013 | 07:07AM
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