Woman convicted in 2015 Cherokee County murder to be resentenced
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Crystal Galloway, convicted of a 2015 murder in southeast Kansas, will be resentenced. Kansas Supreme Court judges ruled on her appeal today, March 13, 2020.
In May 2015, the body of Robin Fought, 59, of Dennis, was found after firefighters put out a truck fire in a field just northeast of Columbus. He had been stabbed. Prosecutors charged Galloway, of Scammon, with premeditated first-degree murder, arson and interference with law enforcement.
It took a jury less than 2 hours to hand over a guilty verdict in 2016. A judge sentenced her to a hard 50 life term for the murder conviction and concurrent terms of 13 months for the arson and 9 months for the interference with law enforcement convictions.
Galloway appealed her conviction and the sentence.
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, affirmed the conviction. The decision states they found no errors in the conduct of the trial.
Having affirmed the conviction, the Supreme Court addressed Galloway’s claim of error in sentencing. The court found the sentencing judge’s statements to be contrary to Kansas statutory law and remanded the case for resentencing.
The decision in part states, “We cannot conclude, as a matter of law, that no rational judge would determine that a clean criminal history would not mitigate the various considerations weighing against a downward departure. We, therefore, vacate the sentence and remand the case to the district court for resentencing.”
Galloway’s daughter, Alyssa Cheyenne Bird, and Galloway’s boyfriend, Dakota Cunningham, were both sentenced for their roles in the murder.
Bird was sentenced in May 2018 to more than five years in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Cunningham entered a plea to murder in May 2017 and was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison.