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Man convicted in 2015 attack on Sacramento couple

Prosecutors said the man broke into a sleeping Sacramento couple’s bedroom before dawn, forced the frightened pair into sex acts while he watched wielding a hammer, then threatened to rape the woman before her boyfriend fought off the attacker long enough for the woman to break a window and yell for help.

On Tuesday, Sacramento Superior Court jurors convicted Anthony James Galloway of first-degree burglary, assault with intent to rape during the course of the burglary, and two counts of forced oral copulation nearly two years after police captured him in a neighboring backyard following the May 12, 2015, attack, according to Sacramento County district attorney officials.

Defense attorneys argued that a homeless Galloway was fleeing a group of men he believed were chasing him before stopping at an apartment with an open window.

Jurors also found true prosecutors’ allegations that Galloway used a deadly weapon during the crimes after a day of deliberation in the case.

Galloway, 39, faces a maximum sentence of 57 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced March 10 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.

At trial, defense attorneys argued that a homeless Galloway was fleeing a group of men he believed were chasing him, running down streets and alleys in Sacramento’s Poverty Ridge neighborhood in an attempt to escape before stopping at an apartment with an open window, according to court documents.

Attorneys said Galloway thought the couple’s apartment was vacant when he climbed through the window to hide and was surprised to find it occupied. Galloway was not carrying a hammer and did not force the couple to perform sex acts, the defense argued. A still-surprised Galloway fled through the front door before he was arrested outside a nearby home, defense attorneys said.

But prosecutors argued that Galloway slipped into the home through a bedroom window about 4 a.m. and, armed with a hammer, forced the man to perform sex acts with the woman. Galloway yanked the woman’s hair and said he was going to rape her, but her boyfriend charged Galloway, who held him in a chokehold, prosecutors said. The woman punched open a bedroom window to shout for help, court documents read. Galloway fled but was quickly arrested.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith