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Castaic killer sent to state mental hospital

Posted: December 20, 2012 2:49 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2012 2:49 p.m.

A Castaic man who strangled his stepfather while the two were traveling on Interstate 5 and who was determined to be not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday has been sentenced to a state mental hospital, a court official confirmed.

Harris Denver Evans, now 25, of Rocca Drive, was charged with murder and attempted murder in the 2011 death of Robert Gallion, 39, of Burbank, according to a spokeswoman for the  Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, he  was found guilty of murder by Superior Court Judge Daniel Feldstern, said Jane Robison. 

Evans was then found not guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to Patton State Hospital for an indeterminate time. It could be up to life, she said.

Gallion was driving northbound on Interstate 5 south of Calgrove Boulevard on Jan. 14, 2011, when Evans allegedly grabbed him by the neck, choking him, according to sheriff’s reports issued at the time of the incident.

Gallion drove the car off the freeway, crashing it.

Evans got out of the car and walked away but was arrested by deputies about two hours later, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking log.

Gallion, meanwhile, regained consciousness after paramedics performed CPR and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said at the time.

On Jan. 25, 2011, 11 days after he was assaulted, Gallion died in the hospital.

A medical examination revealed he suffered a brain hemorrhage, according to the coroner.



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