A woman was just found guilty of murdering her neighbor, the ABC News affiliate WCVB5, in Massachusetts reports.
Now, she is going to spend the rest of her life behind bars.
The particular case dates back to 2017. It took place in Needham, Massachusetts, on Linden Street, where 81-year-old Laura Shifrina, a Russian immigrant and retired scientist, lived in a retirement home.
On the evening of May 28, 2017, Shifrina was supposed to attend an event, but she never showed up. A few days later, on May 31st, Shifrina’s daughter found her mother dead in her retirement home. The last time she was seen alive was on the 28th.
Around the time of her death, Shifrina likely had around $3,000 on her that she was saving up for a dental procedure. She also owned a car, a 2011 red Ford Fiesta. The initial investigation found that both the money and the car were missing when Shifrina’s body was found.
The car was later discovered in the 1800 block of Dorchester Avenue. It reeked of bleach, and the keys were in the ignition. And, this is what led investigators to 51-year-old Tammie Galloway.
On May 29, Galloway was caught on camera, along with a relative, in the vicinity of the car with a bottle of bleach.
The subsequent legal proceedings
Galloway was arrested, and she was hit with a number of charges, including first-degree murder, for the killing of Shifrina, as well as armed robbery and larceny, for taking the money and the car.
Initially, in 2019, there was a mistrial. This was because Galloway’s lawyer, Elliott Levine had been hit by a car. But, a new trial took place.
At the new trial, convincing evidence was presented against Galloway, this included the video in which she was seen near the car with bleach. The jury found Galloway guilty on all charges.
A sentencing hearing was subsequently held. The hearing was an emotional one as it included testimony from Shifrina’s daughter. It ended with Galloway being sentenced to life in prison.
Could you imagine someone murdering another human being for around $3,000? At least justice, to the extent that it can be, appears to have been served in this case.