Janet Hinds Sentenced to 11 Years for Vehicular Homicide of Officer Nicholas Galinger

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – “And that’s when Lieutenant Holloway said Barry, Nicholas is Gone.”

Barry Galinger is the father of Officer Nicholas Galinger who was killed in February of 2019 when Janet Hinds struck him down on Hamill Road. Hinds had consumed multiple alcoholic drinks at a restaurant right before hitting him. She drove away and it was days before she turned herself in.

Family members on both sides gave tearful testimonies before Judge Poole handed down his sentence. Her son Jared spoke about his mother’s previous use of Ambien. He also recalled a time she drove under the influence and how it upset him. But he still defended her character to the judge.

“She wouldn’t hurt a fly. She doesn’t, that’s just not who she is,” said Jared Hinds.

Galinger’s sister took the stand, saying there is a hole in her heart that can never be filled. Hinds took the stand herself, apologizing through tears.

“First I want to take this opportunity to apologize. First to the Galinger family and second to my family,” said Janet Hinds.

After she spoke, Judge Poole called a recess and returned with his decision. Janet Hinds will serve 11 years behind bars for vehicular homicide. The maximum sentence was 12 years. A parole board will decide if she’s eligible for parole in 3 years and four months.

“I forgave her probably two years ago. I came to God and said God help me find forgiveness. And he did and I do. I forgave her,” said Galinger.

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