Suspect named in 2012 death of retired Iowa grocer
NASHUA (AP) — Investigators have identified a northern Iowa man with a long criminal record as a suspect in the death of a retired grocery store owner found dead in his rural home in October 2012.
Randy Lee Patrie, of Charles City, is a “viable suspect” in the death of 70-year-old Carl “Kenny” Gallmeyer, Chickasaw County Sheriff Todd Miller said Wednesday.
Patrie, 41, hasn’t been charged in connection with the death, but he has been in federal custody since July and is awaiting sentencing on burglary and firearms convictions.
In a Jan. 3 court filing, federal prosecutors said they intend to present evidence at Patrie’s sentencing on those charges that he broke into Gallmeyer’s Nashua home in September 2012, shot him to death while he was in bed and stole three guns and other items. Investigators later recovered the sawed-off-shotgun used to kill Gallmeyer, which Patrie has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing, the filing said.
Prosecutors said they will present the evidence related to Patrie’s responsibility for Gallmeyer’s death to prove their case that Patrie is a “career armed criminal” and should face a stiffer sentence.
Patrie’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment. In a court filing this month, Patrie disputed that he was a career armed criminal. He didn’t address the allegation that he was responsible for killing Gallmeyer.
Investigators with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office found Gallmeyer’s body at his home in Nashua on Oct. 4, 2012, after receiving a request to check on his welfare. Friends had not heard from Gallmeyer for at least several days.
Gallmeyer owned Poppe’s Grocery and Lunch in Clarksville from 1973 to 2005. He also served as post commander of the local AMVETS post and had led a business group, the Clarksville Commercial Club.
Patrie, who has a history of burglary and drug convictions dating back two decades, has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of 22 firearms and two sawed-off shotguns. He has also admitted that he broke into a firearms dealer’s operation near Floyd last May and stole about 20 firearms. In July, officers found the stolen firearms during a search of his Charles City home.
Patrie was also questioned but not charged in connection with the 2005 death of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller, whose body was found on the banks of the Cedar River in northern Iowa. Patrie was among the last people to see the girl alive at the apartment where she lived.
Prosecutors in 2012 charged Casey Frederiksen, then the boyfriend of Evelyn’s mother, with murder. Frederiksen, now serving a federal sentence for child pornography and drug charges, is set to stand trial in May.