OAKLAND — An Alameda woman who said in court that she still misses and loves her 73-year-old boyfriend was sentenced today to 16 years in state prison for fatally shooting him in 2015 after they argued over money.
Donna Marie Qualls, 55, was charged with murder for the fatal shooting of Emmanuel Emmett Christy at her apartment in the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue in Alameda shortly before 10:20 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2015.
But on July 7 she pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter as well as to a charge that she used a gun when she killed Christy, whose son, Emmanuel Emmett Christy Jr., is a lieutenant with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
Qualls’ lawyer, William DuBois, alleged today that Christy had abused and mistreated Qualls during their relationship but admitted that she was still criminally negligent when she used a gun to prod him to wake up. He said he thinks the gun went off accidentally.
DuBois said Christy had punched Qualls in her head and she had fallen into a bathtub when they argued over money early that morning and Qualls brandished the gun because she thought he might attack her again when he woke up.
DuBois said Qualls “has always felt terrible” about shooting Christy and apologized to his family when she was sentenced today.
At Qualls’ preliminary hearing last December, Alameda police Detective Alex Keden testified that Qualls called 911 after the shooting and told a dispatcher, “I shot him. He’s been hurting me and he told me to give him money.”
Keden said when he went to Qualls’ apartment a short time later, he found Christy lying on his right side in his bed with a gunshot wound to his…
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