CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge acknowledged the trauma suffered by a Dunbar man whose son died in a wellknown child abuse death case but said his opportunity to overcome a history of drugs and crime was up.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman sentenced Jeremy Goodall, father of slain toddler Logan Goodall, to one to five years in prison after he was convicted of violating his home confinement rules.
Goodall was never implicated in the death of his son. Michael Merrifield, the mother's boyfriend, was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison without mercy for that crime.
Goodall was sentenced to five months in prison after shooting at the car of a couple in the parking lot of a West Side Rite Aid last year. Drugs were involved in that incident.
In January, he was arrested on a stolen vehicle charge and for driving on a license revoked for DUI. He was sentenced to home confinement with drug treatment at the Day Report Program.
Assistant Prosecutor Tera Salango told the judge, "I am mindful of things that have gone on in his life that contributed to his drug use. But I am also mindful that when people use drugs, bad things happen."
A probation officer supervising Goodall said he could no longer be helped by the Day Report option and suggested prison.
Kaufman questioned why the program, which he termed "the best this county has to offer," had failed to rehabilitate Goodall.
The officer replied, "It's not that the program failed. A person has to want to change. I think he needs to be taken out of the community where he can't get to his former drug contacts."
Goodall wept while his attorney explained that, since his positive drug screens, he has made progress. But the weaning process is slow for an addict, said Brian Cook.
Cook said, "His drug addiction really dates back to the trauma of losing his son. It's been downhill from there."
But the judge said Goodall's problems began long before his son's death.
"His first drunk driving conviction was 13 years ago," Kaufman said. "And he had another conviction six years after that. And there were more charges in 2006 and 2008.
"I don't want to give the impression that no mercy has been shown in this case," Kaufman said. "There's no question about his dependency. But he has never really served time on any of these offenses."
Goodall's mother, Donna, with whom he was living, attended the hearing along with Melissa Eren, the maternal grandmother of Logan Goodall.