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2012 Nashua Murder Suspect to Return to Iowa

A Charles City man considered to be the chief suspect in the death of a Nashua man almost a decade ago will face murder charges after all.

On October 4th, 2012, the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office discovered the body of 70-year-old Kenneth Gallmeyer while doing a welfare check on his home north of Nashua. Search warrants executed over the following year by the sheriff’s office, Charles City Police and the Iowa DCI led to the discovery of various items owned by Gallmeyer inside the Charles City home of Randy Patrie. One of the items recovered from Patrie’s home was a shotgun authorities say was consistent with the weapon that shot and killed Gallmeyer.

Before local law enforcement could proceed with their case, Patrie was sentenced in 2014 to life in federal prison on felony firearms charges and being a career criminal. However, in 2018, Patrie was resentenced to 20 years in federal prison, opening the door for his prosecution in Chickasaw County.

During his department budget presentation this week to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Marty Hemann said a district court judge has approved an arrest warrant to have Patrie returned to north Iowa.

Upon his return, Hemann says Patrie will be housed in the Fayette County Jail in West Union.

Patrie is currently in federal prison in New Jersey.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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