Jeremy Goodale, one of the two teens convicted of killing a Spanish teacher in Fairfield in November 2021 was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after serving 25 years in prison yesterday in a Jefferson County courtroom.
Goodale’s defence called one witness, psychiatrist Dr. Mark Cunningham, who was asked to evaluate Goodale’s immaturity and the likelihood of his adjustment to the community if he is released from the prison system.
According to Dr. Cunningham, the effects of neurodevelopmental deficits, family dysfunction and deprivation, substance dependence, the challenges of the pandemic, and community schisms all rendered Goodale functionally less mature than a normally situated 16-year-old.
Dr. Cunningham believes that Goodale has a high likelihood of being able to adjust to the community upon release from the prison system without violence.
Goodale and a second teen, Willard Chaiden Miller fatally beat their 66-year-old teacher, Nohema Graber over a bad grade. Miller was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years in prison on July 6.