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Life for man who killed ex-girlfriend

Mirror staff

Richard Saint Calle, 38, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend, Keymhare Germain, and trying to murder their 13-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Germain, in August 2002.

Saint Calle was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder and attempted murder last November.

Officials said Saint Calle went to Germain’s Federal Way apartment and the two began arguing.

He became enraged when Germain told him she had agreed to marry another man. Authorities said Saint Calle left her apartment to retrieve a shotgun from his car. He shot his way through her apartment’s front door, which she’d locked behind him, and shot Elizabeth Germain in the arm and chest when she wouldn’t tell him where Germain was.

The girl lived after extensive emergency surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but she suffered nerve damage and has limited use of her arm.

Saint Calle found Germain in a bedroom on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher and shot her in the head. She died in the apartment.

Saint Calle had a long history of domestic violence abuse against Germain and other ex-wives and girlfriends, according to police records. Germain had filed an order of protection against Saint Calle, which made it illegal for him to carry a firearm.

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