Woman Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder While Armed In Stabbing of David Messerschmitt at the Donovan Hotel in February


From MPD:

“Jamyra Gallmon, 21, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of second-degree murder while armed for the Feb. 9, 2015 murder of David Messerschmitt in a robbery at a downtown Washington hotel, announced Acting U.S. Attorney

Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Gallmon pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a sentence between 18 and 25 years.

Also today, a co-defendant, Dominique Johnson, 19, also of Washington, D.C., pled guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in events on the day of the crime. Johnson faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison.

The Honorable Michael Ryan scheduled sentencing for both defendants to take place on Aug. 14, 2015.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved David Messerschmitt,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen. “It is outrageous that a young man with such a promising future was murdered over a cell phone and a Metro card. We can only hope that the rapid apprehension and conviction of those responsible for his death will help his loved ones find some sense of peace.”

“These criminals preyed upon David Messerschmitt for his property and they are being held accountable. The guilty pleas are just one step closer for the Messerschmitt family to attempt to gain closure in this senseless crime,” said Chief Lanier. “Our detectives and the U.S.

Attorney’s Office worked diligently to close and prosecute this case.”

Mr. Messerschmitt, 30, was killed on the evening of Feb. 9, 2015. He was attacked while a guest at the Donovan Hotel, in the 1100 block of 14th Street NW. According to the government’s evidence, Mr. Messerschmitt posted an advertisement earlier that day on Craigslist soliciting responses from other men. Gallmon pretended to be a man interested in meeting Mr.Messerschmitt and responded to his advertisement by e-mail. In fact, however, her true purpose in meeting with him was to rob him of his possessions.

Gallmon and Mr. Messerschmitt arranged to meet at approximately 7:30 p.m. in his hotel room. Gallmon walked into the hotel at 7:44 p.m., concealing her identity by wearing a jacket with a hood up and a covering over the bottom half of her face. She then entered Mr.

Messerschmitt’s unlocked room. She attempted to rob him, and, when Mr. Messerschmitt fought back, she stabbed him approximately seven times in his chest, groin area, arm, and back.

During the robbery, Gallmon took Mr. Messerschmitt’s cell phone and SmarTrip Metro card. She then left the room and immediately made her way out of the hotel, once again disguising her identity by wearing a jacket with the hood up.

According to the government’s evidence, Johnson and Gallmon had discussed committing a robbery and traveled together to the hotel on the night of the murder. Johnson subsequently used Mr. Messerschmitt’s SmarTrip card on a near-daily basis for about six weeks.

Gallmon was arrested April 1, 2015 and Johnson was arrested seven days later.

In announcing the pleas, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen and Chief Lanier commended the work of the detectives, officers, and others who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker, Paralegal Specialist Vanessa Trent-Valentine, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Donovan.Finally, they acknowledged the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana L. Fulton, who investigated and prosecuted the case.”

13 Comment

  • How dumb do you have to be to use someone’s SmartTrip for 6 weeks after murdering them?

  • This is so sad on many levels. Such atavistic trickery — all for $40, an iPhone, and a metro card. I am glad the victim’s family and friends at least get to see the criminal justice side of this wrapped up quickly.

    From time to time it crosses my mind that it must suck more than anything in the world to go to jail for committing the sloppiest crime ever.

    The fickle finger of fate.

    • I think the worst thing in the world is to have your loved one brutally murdered for no reason.

      • ah

        Well, probably even worse to have that happen and find out it was because he was seeking a lover on craiglist.

  • 18 to 25 years seems like light punishment for such a premeditated, cold-blooded murder.

    • But the murder itself wasn’t premeditated or cold-blooded. Just the robbery, right? It sounds like the murder happened when the robbery went wrong because the victim resisted and the perp freaked out and stabbed him.

      • I suppose that’s the way the law is written but it also strikes me as absurd that you can murder someone, steal their possessions, and get away with such a light punishment. Out by 39 or less if there’s parole

        • As has been said many times, there is no parole for violent crimes in DC. He will be eligible for the 15% reduction, same as in the federal system. No more.

          DC Code s. 24-221.01b

  • I’m betting that the family agreed to this just to keep more lurid details about the victims secret life from coming out.

    • Yeah someone led a double life. Still an unfortunate tragedy.

    • I don’t know what sickens me more: that the closet has cost yet another life (because it is unlikely Mr. Messerschmitt would have been in the position to be robbed if he had been open about his sexuality) or that it was a pair of apparent lesbians who decided to deliberately target a closeted man for robbery.

      • What makes you think they were lesbians? The one in the camera image does look eerily like my self-described soft butch ex, but appearances aren’t everything.

    • ah

      The family doesn’t have a say in plea negotiations. The most they could do is argue against taking the plea deal.

      Also, 1st degree murder might have been difficult to prove, based on what was publicly released. It sounds like the original intent was just to rip him off and for reasons unknown (and likely unproveable) it escalated to murder. That supports a 2d degree murder charge clearly. So DC got a plea for what they could almost certainly prove and took off the table what would be harder to prove. That’s how plea bargains happen.

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