The Maui News - A California man charged with killing his girlfriend two years ago near Nakalele Point on the West Side was sentenced to 40 years in prison last month in a capacity-filled 2nd Circuit courtroom.
Gerald Galaway Jr., 40, of Santa Cruz, who pleaded no contest to kidnapping and manslaughter, received 20-year prison terms for each count to be served consecutively-- the maximum prison time that could be imposed.
The family of victim Celestial Dove Cassman, 35, was in attendance and spoke at the nearly two-hour sentencing in the court of Judge Joseph Cardoza.
"The defendant kidnapped and killed my daughter," said her mother, Deborah Bevington, who wept and shook uncontrollably Nothing will bring my Dovey back. Our lives are shattered."
Galaway's family also was in attendance and called the incident an "unbelievable tragedy for both families."