Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Goffinet Sentenced to 115 Years for Slaying

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Goffinet Sentenced to 115 Years for Slaying

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Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Richard D'Amour on Friday sentenced Anthony Goffinet to 115 years in prison for killing his pregnant wife. It was the maximum sentence Goffinet, 41, could receive for stabbing Kathleen Goffinet in the chest on June 9, 2012, in a Taco Bell parking lot on North Green River Road.

She was three months pregnant when she died.

The sentence was recommended by the county probation office in a presentencing report that also concluded Goffinet was a high risk to reoffend.

Even with credit for the time he has already spent in jail on the charges, Indiana's policy of cutting sentences in half for good behavior, Goffinet will likely spend the next 56 years in prison - what defense attorney David Bunner said was effectively the rest of Goffinet's life.

Although Bunner asked for leniency, D'Amour told Goffinet that he did not think he was deserving of it.

"I just didn't sense any sorrow in your heart for what you have done," D'Amour said.

He also noted Goffinet's criminal history, which included nine felony and 14 misdemeanor convictions.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann said Goffinet had numerous arrests for domestic violence and invasion of privacy, some involving a previous relationship.

After a four-day trial last month, a jury convicted Goffinet of murder and sentence enhancements of terminating a pregnancy and being a habitual offender. The jury found him not guilty of an intimidation charge.

It was the first time since the Indiana law allowing termination of pregnancy sentence enhancements took effect in 2009 that it had been used in Vanderburgh County. It only applies when a defendant is convicted of murder or attempted murder.

D'Amour sentenced Gof-finet to 65 years for murder, 35 for being a habitual offender and 20 for terminating a pregnancy. Goffinet must serve the sentence enhancements consecutively to his murder sentence.

Sitting at the defense table before the judge Friday, Goffinet spoke to D'Amour but did not express remorse for his wife's death. Instead, he gave a confident-sounding but rambling statement about his wife's drug use and saying that it was her who attacked him. …

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