A Galveston County judge sentenced a Texas City man Thursday to up to three decades in prison over a 2018 shooting that left five bullet holes in a woman's car, according to the Galveston County District Attorney's Office. 

Talvin Djuan Garley, 30, was found guilty March 11 of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Garley was arrested in March 2018 after he confronted a former girlfriend while armed with a gun and shot her car five times, according to prosecutors.

Garley was convicted of burglary of a habitation in 2014 and faced a maximum potential penalty of life in prison after his latest conviction.

District Court Judge John Ellisor sentenced Garley to 20 years in prison on the assault charge and 10 years in prison for the possession of a firearm charge. The sentences will be served concurrently, according to the Galveston County District Attorney's Office.

Garley will be eligible for parole after 10 years, prosecutors said.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(6) comments

Michael Jozwiak

20 years for shooting a car? Did it die? This looks like racism from the court bench. A harsh sentence because he's Black. Yes, there should be some substantial jail time, but 20 years or more? Blatant racism ripe here in Galveston County.

Lynn Rivera

I have to agree, 20 years is excessive.

Mark Stevens

Mr. Jozwiack...Racism from the Bench? Nonsense. This person was convicted of a first degree felony, for which the penalty range was 5 to 99 years. But wait...He had a prior felony conviction, which under the law makes the sentence range a Minimum of 15 years to 99. So the Court in its discretion added 5 years to that. Why? Well, it just might have had something to do with the remainder of this person's record, or maybe it had to do with perforating a car 5 times with a weapon that the defendant should not have possessed anyway. Look at it like this: If a white dude did the same thing with the same record, would anybody accuse the judge of Racism? No Way.

Michael Jozwiak

Racism from the bench is 200 years of USA history. Get real. A white guy would have had a much lesser sentence.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

This is excessive. G-County is known for its excessive sentencing time given to African-Americans.

Carlos Ponce

Again, any proof of that accusation? If true it should be easy to prove. Just look at the records.

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