Edward Galindo, 18, went all out while he determined to commit his first crime. Apparently under the influence of alcohol and despondent, because his girlfriend just broke up with him, Galindo left his Omaha motel, walked a pair miles, and ended up at an enterprise he had no commercial enterprise focused on. Galindo — who changed into Omaha on a construction activity — used a parking signal to break into Custom Computing Corporation close to 108th Avenue and West Dodge Road. He then spent the subsequent ninety minutes destroying nearly everything he could get his palms on.
He smashed pc monitors, vases, coffee mugs. He fired as a minimum of five shots — shooting out computers, desks, mild fixtures, and a merchandising machine. Change from the system and a few snacks have been the handiest things he ended up taking. He tried to set papers on fire in the office of Steve White, president of Custom Computing. When cleaning girls arrived at approximately eleven:30 p.M., he pointed a gun at them, took their cellphones, and ordered them right into a lavatory. Once his destruction became accomplished — officers anticipated the damage at more than $20,000 — he returned the women’s phones and instructed them now not to call 911 till he had gotten away.
Before the Sept. 25 spree, Galindo had no document other than petty robbery for shoplifting fireworks from a stand. A puzzled Douglas County District Judge Gary Randall sentenced Galindo this week to 2 to five years in prison — a period reduced in 1/2 underneath nation regulation. Galindo had faced as much as 57 years in prison after pleading no contest to burglary, two counts of fake imprisonment, and criminal mischief.
With credit for nine months served, Galindo will be eligible for parole in approximately three months. Trying to explain her consumer’s jump into the deep stop of depression and destruction, Assistant Public Defender Natalie Andrews informed the judge: “It’s a bit difficult for me to determine in which to start.
Me, too,” Randall stated.
Andrews said her consumer had a father who wasn’t in his existence and a stepfather who was given deported. From the age of 14, he worked tougher than any teenager Andrews has ever visible. First at an Olive Garden. Then as a roof craftsman for his mother’s company. Then in creation, traveling to towns like Omaha — all to help guide his circle of relatives. That night, despondent over a breakup, Galindo drank and swallowed capsules, Andrews said. He advised the decide that he had no recollection of his actions after he left his resort.
I recollect earlier than the entirety occurred. I became taking some pills while I become consuming,” Galindo wrote to the decide. “I genuinely can’t keep in mind a whole lot after that. Everything after that kind of felt like a nightmare. I remorse each second of it. I can’t consider how scared the ones ladies had been. I hope that in the future, they could forgive me for what took place.
Judge Randall said he, to begin with, had stacked all of Galindo’s sentences — which might have efficaciously doubled his time in prison. However, he said he modified his thoughts and ran them simultaneously after paying attention to Andrews, listening to Galindo’s remorse, and seeing three rows of his courtroom filled with Galindo’s family and buddies.
Andrews credited prosecutor Eric Wells for having mercy and dropping a weapon use fee that would have guaranteed that Galindo serves at the very least five years. I know I’m representing Mr. Galindo in court docket for what was the worst day of his existence — and for what will all the time be the worst day of his existence,” Andrews said. “He is a great younger guy who made a grave error in judgment. Unfortunately, this day does no longer defines him.