District Attorney Warren Montgomery reports that a St. Tammany Parish jury convicted Elliott W. Galloway (43) of Pearl River of two counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted simple robbery for a crime spree he committed in April. Galloway, a multiple offender, faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced December 14, 2017 by District Judge Peter Garcia.
The first crime occurred at the Purple Cow convenience store and gas station just after midnight on April 15 this year, when Galloway entered the store and demanded money from the cash register, while placing his hand in his sweatshirt. Fearing he had a gun, the clerk handed over the money. Later, Galloway attempted to rob a Racetrack convenience store. Shortly afterwards, Galloway robbed the Circle K. He ordered the clerk to give him all the money in the register or he would start killing people. As the clerk put the money in a bag, Galloway ordered her not to call the police right away, put his hand in his pocket, and threatened her again.
Deputies later arrested Galloway, slouched in the seat of a car matching the description provided by victims. His door was open, he was parked near another gas station, and he actively resisted as officers tried to arrest him. A pocket knife was recovered from the seat of the car.
Galloway admitted to the robberies and to threatening to kill the clerk, but he claimed he never implied he had a gun. He also said he’d spent 17 years of his life in jail. Galloway’s prior convictions include first degree robbery in 1997, obscenity in 2003, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2009, methamphetamine possession in 2009, heroin possession in 2010, aggravated assault in 2016, as well as a hit and run and two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. Galloway blamed his drug and alcohol use for his troubles and said he would live longer in prison.
The jury deliberated for an hour, including a lunch break, before returning the guilty verdict. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement prosecuted the case.