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September 7, 2005
The ex-husband of a Hood River woman will spend 13 years in prison for a failed attempt to have her murdered while he was behind bars.
But Hood River County Sheriff Detective Gerry Tiffany believes that Jason Anthony Gallejos, 35, could try to endanger his victim again. Tiffany said the case history of the convicted felon reflects more than 57 violations of his no-stalking order.
“I told the judge that he is not going to stop. He’s already shown many times that he has no regard for a court order,” said Tiffany. “This man testified that three years ago he was a millionaire and now he has nothing. I think that says it all, his fixation on his ex-wife has cost him everything.”
After being lodged in NORCOR during the spring of 2004 for stalking and contempt of court, Gallejos tried to pay a fellow inmate $15,000 to kill his wife. However, that individual was really an undercover police officer and felony charges were brought against Gallejos instead.
On Aug. 31, he pleaded guilty in Wasco County Circuit Court to five counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder. Under Measure 11 mandatory sentencing guidelines, he was given 14 years in prison, with 11 months taken off for time already served.
Because Tiffany has been tracking the ongoing harassment against the victim, he decided to make his first-ever appeal for additional penalties. He was instrumental in convincing the court to prohibit Gallejos from Internet access while in prison and to have his outgoing mail closely monitored. Tiffany also wanted it on the record that Gallejos might try again to hire a “hit man” to murder his ex-wife.
Tiffany said, although Gallejos appeared to be apologetic in court about his actions, the judge termed him as “narcissistic, controlling and manipulative.”
“He’s said ‘sorry, what I did was wrong,’ but I have heard that many times before. I believe that he’s incapable of feeling any kind of empathy for anyone,” said Tiffany. “The victim just wants to get on with her life and not have him control it anymore.”
Tiffany plans to file additional charges against Gallejos on behalf of the victim if necessary. Especially since the convicted felon repeatedly violated a no-stalking order issued by the Hood River Circuit Court even while in NORCOR. Tiffany said Gallejos somehow managed to get his wife’s new mailing address, which was suppose to have been kept confidential, and sent her letters that were postmarked to other individuals.
Included in one of these messages was a printout of the California conviction of Scott Peterson for murdering his wife and unborn child. According to Tiffany, Gallejos has also mailed letters that were threatening in nature to several of his ex-wife’s close friends. Other people have received correspondence asking that they take some sort of action on his behalf. For example, a Hood River news reporter was asked three times to do an expose on Gallejos and given the address and phone number of the ex-wife as a contact.
“The victim asked the judge to keep him locked away as long as possible because she didn’t want to die,” said Tiffany. “She is in her 30s and still tells her parents where she’s going and reports in when she gets home because they are so afraid for her safety.”
Tiffany said the woman moved from Tualatin to Hood River in order to get away from Gallejos’ obsessive behavior several years ago. After initiating a divorce, she was forced to repeatedly change her unlisted telephone number because he always managed to obtain it. Even with a restraining order in effect, the ex-wife received flower deliveries at work and 188 pages of correspondence. One piece of that documentation was a text outlining her proper “submissive” Biblical role. Other messages contained ominous overtones, such as “Time is running out for us” and “You will always be my wife.”
In addition to mail harrassment, Gallejos appeared to be having his ex-wife watched, or tracking her whereabouts himself. On one occasion he called to chastise her for eating at a fast food restaurant and on another he commented on her shopping habits. Even when hauled into court for violating his restraining order, Gallejos asked his cousin to pass the victim a medallion to remind her about a trip they had once planned to Fiji.
Tiffany would like to think the Gallejos case is now closed — but he is keeping the files nearby as a precautionary measure. Tiffany said Gallejos has initiated a legal battle to have his children transported to the prison for visitation. He hopes that, whatever the outcome of the civil case, it will not provide an “extremely troubled” man with another avenue for harassment.
“This has just been an ongoing fiasco and I’m concerned that it’s not over,” Tiffany said.
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