Pittsburgh man gets 10 to 25 years for killing woman with stray bullet in Stowe

When Jerrel Ingram fired his gun from a car outside the True Diamonds Gentleman’s Club in Stowe on December 5, 2020, he was targeting a security guard with whom he had an ongoing dispute.

Instead, during the shootout between these two men, Madison Gilroy, 22, of North Huntingdon, was killed by a stray bullet as she walked down the street.

On Tuesday, Ingram, 33, of Arlington Heights, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

A probable cause affidavit filed in the case said Ingram had recently been banned by the club and had an argument with the security guard that night. As he walked away, he fired several times and the security guard fired back. Gilroy was punched in the back, according to the affidavit.

Her family told Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Thomas E. Flaherty that she was a kind, caring, non-judgmental woman who planned to become a doctor.

Eliza Watson told the court that her best friend had “radiant energy”.

“She always persevered in her desire to help others,” she said. “She gave her love and kindness unconditionally.”

Mia Gilroy told Flaherty that her sister was strong, unique, and brilliant — and the only flesh and blood she had.

Marlane Gilroy told the court she adopted Madison and Mia out of the foster care system. The two, she said, were the only ones who truly understood each other’s struggles.

“Now Mia has no one to understand what she went through,” Marlane Gilroy said. “The world has lost her. No one will know her beauty.

When it was his turn to address the court, Ingram apologized to the Gilroy family.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” he said. “I see the pain I caused you. If I could go back in time, I would and would not have placed myself in this situation.

Ingram said he would like the family’s forgiveness, but then continued, “If the shoe was on the other foot, I probably wouldn’t forgive myself.”

Defense attorney Casey White said the case was a tragedy.

“He clearly had no malicious intent towards Ms. Gilroy,” White said of Ingram.

Paula Reed Ward is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Paula by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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