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Armonta Hadnot exits the 14th Judicial District courthouse after being found guilty of three murders.

Armonta Hadnot exits the 14th Judicial District courthouse after being found guilty of three murders.

Three life sentences for 19-year-old LC man

Last Modified: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:48 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Armonta Hadnot, convicted last week in the killing of three men in March 2013 in McMillan Park, was sentenced Tuesday in state district court to three consecutive life sentences, plus 150 years — the maximum sentence possible.

Hadnot, 19, and another gunman approached six men playing dice in the park on March 20 to rob them. They then opened fire, killing Jeminskian J. Arvie, 20, David Jermaine Galmore, 23, and Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory, 20.

Galmore was shot in the head while he was sitting on the ground; Arvie and Guillory were shot in the back as they ran away. The three surviving witnesses, one of whom was shot, were able to identify Hadnot, but not the other robber.

On July 3, a jury found Hadnot guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Judge Clayton Davis told Hadnot that he handed down a heavy sentence because of the powerlessness of the victims and because of Hadnot’s “failure to identify” the other gunman.

Two children will be raised without a father because of Hadnot, Patrick Galmore Sr., David Galmore’s father, said in his victim impact statement. “I hope he gets what he deserves, and I hope he feels the pain these people feel when he gets locked up,” he said.

He also told Hadnot that he had hurt his own family, too.

Hadnot is a “menace to society” and a “monster” with a “psychopathic personality,” prosecutor David Kimball said. Hadnot was a “big man” when he had a gun in his hand, Kimball said.

But when police approached Hadnot, he threw the gun down. “He wasn’t ready for a fair fight,” Kimball said.

Kimball praised the victims’ families for not being out for a “pound of flesh.”

While the District Attorney’s Office initially pondered the death penalty, it was taken off the table after discussion with the families because of the 10 to 15 years it would take to have Hadnot put to death.

“We could complete that process within 1 1/2 to two years,” Kimball said.

Hadnot also faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm from an incident that happened earlier on the night of March 20, 2013, and an attempted second-degree murder charge from a 2012 incident. Those charges will be left open, Kimball said.

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