Man gets prison for murder of former Picayune athlete

Darin K. Galmiche
Darin K. Galmiche

POPLARVILLE -- A Picayune man has been sentenced to 40 years for the murder of 21-year-old Dalton O'Meara, a former Picayune High placekicker.

Pearl River County Circuit Judge Anthony Mozingo sentenced Darin K. Galmiche, 49, Wednesday on a guilty plea to depraved-heart murder, District Attorney Hal Kitrell said.

Mozingo ordered Galmiche to serve 20 years in prison followed by post-release supervision for 20 years, Kitrell said.

O'Meara lived in a mobile home behind Galmiche's house on Richardson Road.

Galmiche admitted he shot O'Meara with a rifle.

A Pearl River County sheriff's official had reported witnesses said there was friction between Galmiche and O'Meara.

Witnesses told investigators O'Meara, his fiancée and her 2-year-old child drove up to their residence when Galmiche came outside his home and became angry. Galmiche pulled out a rifle and fired several times at O'Meara.

O'Meara died at a hospital of gunshot wounds.