(RepublicanPress.org) – In May 2020, Calley Jean Garay of Madera County, California, escaped her abusive relationship with her three children in tow and started a new life. Sadly, her estranged husband, Julio Garay, tracked her down in July 2020 while she was on her way to see the doctor and shot her as she shielded her kids from harm. She died at the scene. On November 17, Judge Dale Blea sentenced the abuser and murderer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Although Calley had a restraining order against Garay, it wasn’t enough to save her from, as the judge called him, the “self-absorbed narcissist” who was her partner for seven years.
Judge Blea officially sentenced Calley Garay’s murderer to life in prison without parole.
He’ll add some additional sentences, but that’s the ultimate punishment.
He called it a vicious, cruel attack that required planning and sophistication.
The defendant also had priors.
— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) November 17, 2021
During their time together, the victim’s attorney said he “treated her like an animal,” and was careful to isolate her from her family while abusing her in unimaginable ways. She eventually escaped with her family’s help, and she hid for two months in fear of what Garay might do to her and her children if he found them.
The selfless mother’s story ended in tragedy, and unfortunately, her case is all too common. However, Calley’s family wants to stop something like this from happening to other women in her situation, so they pushed for lawmakers to pass Calley’s Law in California. The new law adds a secrecy section to a restraining order that shields school, daycare, and medical record information from the suspected abuser.
If you’re a victim of domestic abuse or know someone in an abusive situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help at (800) 799-7233.
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