Saying the killing was cruel and vicious, a judge on Tuesday sentenced a Fresno man to 50 years to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife in front of his mother in June 2012.
Daniel Joseph Galvan, 36, said nothing when his punishment was announced in Fresno County Superior Court.
Galvan fatally shot his wife, Ann-Marie Galvan, 41, during the evening of June 18, 2012, inside the family's east-central Fresno home at Ezie and Dakota avenues.
At the time of the shooting, the home was filled with Galvan's relatives, including his mother and the couple's two young sons, ages 4 and 9.
Judge Denise Whitehead said Tuesday that the killing was especially callous because Ann-Marie Galvan was speaking to her husband's mother, who was in bed. Galvan walked in, shot his wife and then walked around the bed and shot her "several more times," the judge said.
Though the couple's two children didn't witness the shooting, they were inside the home, Whitehead said.
A jury in November found Galvan guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment. Before his trial, he pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
During the trial, prosecutor Jeff Dupras said Galvan shot his wife two weeks after the couple reunited following several domestic violence incidents.
Dupras told the jury that Galvan shot his wife six times with a .380 semi-automatic pistol because he feared his wife was going to leave him again.
Galvan's lawyer, Antonio Alvarez, however, told jurors that his client was on a three-day binge of drugs and alcohol. Because Galvan was "in a meth-induced psychosis and in a state of paranoia," he could not form the specific intent to commit murder, Alvarez argued.
Tuesday, Whitehead said Galvan chose to ingest methamphetamines and had planned to kill his wife.
While Galvan sat with a blank stare, Ann-Marie's friends and family tearfully told the judge that she was a good mother who fed her two sons, bathed them, clothed them, took them to school and picked them up.
They said the two boys have nightmares about their father coming back to kill them.
"Her family is broken and her children are damaged forever," said Angelina Benton, a longtime friend. "He's a threat to society. He should never get out of prison."
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