Columbia man gets 35 years in '03 killing


December 22, 2005|By TYRONE RICHARDSON

A Columbia man was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a Howard County Circuit judge yesterday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, admitting that he repeatedly stabbed his roommate in their Owen Brown apartment in August 2003.

Elmer Antonio Galvan-Giron, 34, stabbed Rigoberto Zavala, 40, days after a confrontation in which Zavala yelled at Galvan-Giron's teenage children and struck one on the head with a remote control, according to a sentencing document. Judge Dennis M. Sweeney sentenced Galvan-Giron.

Galvan-Giron is one of three Honduran immigrants convicted in the death of Zavala.

Marcus Tulio Moran, 31, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison in 2003. Jerman Avelar, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2004.

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