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Craigslist Stabber Gets 24 Years in Prison for Killing Attorney

Summary: Jamyra Gallmon has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after she responded to a Craigslist ad and killed a 30-year-old attorney.

According to the Washington Post, a woman who responded to a young lawyer’s sex ad has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.


Jamyra Gallmon, 21, allegedly showed up in response to the ad, which actually sought sex with a man. Upon her arrival at David Messerschmitt’s hotel room in the upscale Donovan Hotel at Thomas Circle, Gallmon robbed Messerschmitt and stabbed him to death.

Read about the crime scene here.

Messerschmitt, 30, was an attorney with DLA Piper, one of the largest firms in the world. In a gruesome discovery, he was found dead in his hotel room. According to, police found an HP computer, condoms, lubricant, and an enema in the hotel room.

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Gallmon had stabbed Messerschmitt several times. added that he was stabbed seven times.

Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence. Since Gallmon agreed to plead guilty, she could have been sentenced anywhere from 18 to 25 years in prison. According to federal sentencing guidelines, she must serve 85 percent of her sentence before she would become eligible for parole.

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Gallmon’s supposed girlfriend, Dominique Johnson also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery for her part in the crimes. She received a six-month sentence.

Read about the guilty plea here.

This wasn’t Gallmon’s first rodeo with fooling people over the Internet. Prosecutors argued that she made a fake e-mail address to “scam others,” although she has not yet been linked to other crimes.

Using the fake e-mail address, Gallmon responded to an add Messerschmitt posted on Facebook, seeking a tryst with another male. Gallmon told Messerschmitt she was a man, and to prove it, she sent him a picture of a male torso.

Gallmon showed up to the hotel at around 7:44 p.m. on February 9 with a knife and zip ties. At the time, Messerschmitt had just texted his wife that he would be returning to their Capitol Hill residence in roughly an hour.

Johnson hung around outside, donning a hoodie to hide her face from security cameras and others in the hotel. Once Gallmon gained entry into Messerschmitt’s room, she tried to rob him. However, Messerschmitt tried to fight back.

Apparently, Messerschmitt’s act of defending himself triggered memories of a previous sexual assault for Gallmon, and she pulled out a knife and began stabbing him. She fled the room after she stole $40 in cash, Messerschmitt’s phone, and his SmarTrip card.

Messerschmitt was stabbed in the back.

Gallmon was able to hide from the police for close to two months, although security footage of a person of interest was released to the media. Kim Vuong, Messerschmitt’s wife, released an emotional plea for help in finding her husband’s killer in March.

Gallmon was apprehended and arrested on April 1.

Source: Washington Post

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