Updated 10/25/2010 05:50 PM
Gallaher sentenced to life in prison for double murder
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WINSTON-SALEM – John K. Gallaher III was sentenced to life in prison Monday for was the murder of two people found shot to death at his grandfather's home off Reynolda Road in Graylyn Place neighborhood.
"Nobody can feel or understand the pain of losing a child, unless you've really been there, and hopefully nobody has to go through it," said Fran Fioravanti, the mother of one of the victims.
Fioravanti's 24 -year-old daughter Lori was one of two people killed in July 2008. She'd been shot five times, three in the head. Sean Gallagher, 23, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the three were friends.
"I think we're all ready for it to be over with," said Sean Gallagher's wife, Heather Gallagher.
Gallaher was charged after he called 911.
Prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty, saying during the hearing that he'd had thoughts of killing people since he was 12, along with thoughts of suicide and cannibalism.
"I think, for our family, the biggest concern was having the children have to endure a trial," said Heather Gallagher.
So they asked that they be spared the trial and Gallagher be locked up for the rest of his life. The hearing was closed to cameras after the defendant was brought in. Both families made tearful statements to the court.
Gallagher was sentenced to two consecutive life terms, without the possibility of parole.
“It's a relief, to have it all over with, not have to go through the trial," said Gallagher.
But for the families of the victims, it can't ever really be over.
"You never get over losing a child, no, no, I know I never will," said Fioravanti.