An Iowa man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend after she filed a protective order against him.
Now, he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
Last month, Madison County District Judge James Kube sentenced Deshawn Gleaton Jr. to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Haley Christiansen. Gleaton was found guilty and convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and tampering with a witness.
On July 24, 2020, Norfolk, Iowa, police responded to a home on the 1100 block of Blaine Street after reports of gunshots. When police arrived, they found 29-year-old Christiansen suffering from gunshot wounds and in critical condition.
The victim was rushed to Faith Regional Hospital, where she was later declared dead, reported Siouxland Proud.com.
According to prosecutors, a day prior to the shooting incident, Gleaton unsuccessfully attempted to contact Christiansen despite an active protective court order initiated by the victim against him. However, the order had not been served before the victim’s demise.
Frustrated, the defendant drove from Sioux City, Iowa, to Christiansen’s home in Norfolk, scaled the fence and gained entry into the residence. Then, he shot Christiansen with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun before fleeing the scene.
Gleaton was arrested later in the evening at an apartment on the same day of the killing in Sioux City, Iowa, after he was identified as the shooter. In addition, investigators discovered video footage recorded by Gleaton while on the run and admitting to the murder.
He was also seen brandishing the murder weapon before posting it on his Snapchat platform.
Kube sentenced Gleaton to an additional 66 to 82 years in prison for the other charges. The 30-year-old defendant was ordered to serve the sentences consecutively to the life sentence, reported WJAG
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