Brownsville man gets year for shooting dad
Special to The Union
A Brownsville man who shot his father during an argument over the family dog was sentenced Tuesday in Yuba County Superior Court to a year in jail.
Jason James Goddard, 38, was charged with attempted murder after the June shooting at the Pinewood Trailer Park, 16875 Willow Glen Road, but pleaded guilty in September to a reduced charge of assault with a deadly weapon with a penalty enhancement for using a gun.
The father, 58-year-old Stanley Goddard, who was shot in the lower right abdomen while lying in bed, “felt very strongly that he had provoked a lot of this” and didn’t want to see his son go to prison, said Yuba County Public Defender Ben Wirtschafter, who called it an unusual case.
Stanley Goddard was taken by helicopter to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery.
The September plea agreement included a maximum eight-year prison sentence. But probation was recommended by the Yuba County Probation Department, said Wirtschafter.
Under the sentence handed down by Judge Debra Givens, Goddard will receive credit for 180 days already served in jail, including time off for good behavior, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The remaining jail time is “modifiable” to treatment in a Salvation Army drug program, said Wirtschafter.
Drugs and alcohol were factors in the shooting, Wirtschafter said. But the father’s wish that Goddard not go to prison was “a huge factor” in the case, he said.
Shortly after the shooting, Goddard admitted pointing a revolver at his father but said it went off accidentally, according to a Yuba County Sheriff’s Department report.
“He went in with a gun and the victim was hurt,” Wirtschafter said.
A family member said Stanley Goddard accidentally shot himself, but deputies were suspicious and brought the son to the Sheriff’s Department for questioning.
“Every case is different,” said Wirtschafter. “Given the circumstances … this was a good resolution for everybody.”
Contact Marysville Appeal-Democrat reporter Rob Young at 749-4710 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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