FALMOUTH (CBS) – Relatives of a Falmouth soldier are preparing to face their loved one’s killer in court for victim impact statements.
Army Sgt. Brent McBride claims he killed his roommate, Sgt. Matthew Gallagher, in a shooting game called quick draw, while the two were serving in Iraq. Now, Gallagher’s family has learned McBride will plead guilty to a manslaughter charge later this month.
“Do I think my husband played that game ever? Absolutely. Do I think people in the military play that game? Absolutely,” says his widow Katie Gallagher. She does not think that’s what her husband was doing when he was killed, though. She says autopsy results show he was shot point-blank, which is not consistent with how the game is usually played. “It just doesn’t add up, period.”
Military officials have told Gallagher’s family that McBride will likely be sentenced to something less than the ten years they had hoped for. Even though Katie Gallagher had hoped for more, she’s eager for McBride to finally spend time behind bars. “This will finally be the start of justice,” she says.