Man who shot south Toledo mother and son sentenced

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo teen will spend up to 70 years behind bars after a rash of high profile crimes including a shooting and two armed robberies.

Last November, Deangelo Overton, 18, fired his gun at a south Toledo apartment complex, hitting a mother and her 4-year-old son. Overton told police he was aiming at someone else.

He also was involved in two home invasions on Halloween.

The judge sentenced Overton to 70 years in prison.

Overton was sentenced in Lucas County Common Pleas Court in front of one of his victims.

Rose Toth Gallardo said being face to face with the man who violently turned her life upside down is a tough place to be. She still wanted him to know that although he took a lot from her, he has not taken her voice.

"The 45 minutes of trauma has taken away my sense of safety and security. I can't explain the effects without explaining the trauma. I lost many things that night as they stuffed their pockets full of my possessions, and took my purse and my work bag, but most of all, they took my idea of home," said Gallardo.

Six months ago the tables were turned. Deangelo Overton and William Barber broke into Gallardo's home and held her at gunpoint.

"He kept a gun at my head and screamed, 'I'll blow your f'ing head off.' He said it over and over. I was sure he would," said Gallardo.

Barber and Overton made off with Gallardo's possessions, including her wedding ring and car keys.

In the days that followed, Overton terrorized others by robbing another woman at gunpoint and shooting into a home that injured a mother and her son.

Gallardo believes life is all about choices and the choices Overton made robbed her and others from a life of normalcy. Still, she said she can start healing because justice has been served.

"Today, I remain confused and saddened as there is no happiness in this sentencing. Deangelo didn't take my life that night, but he did chance his own when committing the crimes. I am confident that he deserves the maximum consecutive sentence," Gallardo said.

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