SACRAMENTO — The man accused of breaking into a Sacramento couple’s home in May 2015, and forcing them to do sex acts while he watched wielding a hammer, was convicted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Anthony James Galloway, 39, was convicted on a number of charges by Sacramento Superior Court jurors including first-degree burglary assault with intent to rape during the course of the burglary, and two counts of forced oral copulation.
Galloway, who was captured on May 12, 2015, in a neighboring backyard following the attack, faces a maximum sentence of 57 years to life in state prison. His court date to be sentenced is March 10, 2017, when he is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.
Defense attorneys argued that Galloway was homeless and fleeing a group of men, who were chasing him down streets and alleys in Sacramento’s Poverty Ridge neighborhood, when he saw an open window at an apartment complex. Thinking it was vacant, he tried to hide from the men chasing him, and was not armed with a hammer and did not attack the couple.
Prosecutors, however, argued the Galloway did have a hammer when he entered through the bedroom window at 4:00 a.m. and that he did force the couple to have sex. He also pulled the woman’s hair and threatened to rape her before her boyfriend was able to get a choke hold on Galloway.
According to court records that was when Galloway was able to flee the scene but was quickly arrested.