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Juvenile killer re-sentenced to 27 years to life in prison

'I'm really angry and upset,' dad tells 69 News

Juvenile killer re-sentenced to 27...

READING, Pa. - A man sentenced to life in prison for a deadly shooting more than a decade ago returned to a Berks County courtroom on Thursday.

Judge Scott Lash re-sentenced Wayne Goodman to 27 years to life in prison.

"I'm hurt and disappointed in the decision that was made here today," Goodman's father, Wayne Sr., told 69 News. "We're going to appeal and try to get some more time knocked off."

The hearing came months after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a ruling, calling for a "presumption" against a life-without-parole sentence for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.

"It was our first case to re-sentence a juvenile lifer," said District Attorney John Adams. "We have nine case in Berks County where juveniles received life sentences. Most of these cases are from years ago."

Goodman was convicted of killing Robert Duson in 2003, when he was 17 years old.

"He was found guilty at trial," Adams said. "I thought the sentence was very fair."

Adams said he hopes his office can resolve all the re-sentencing cases in the next six months.

"These individuals who are going to be re-sentenced, we want to make sure that they have faced sufficient punishment for taking a life. We don't look at that lightly," Adams told 69 News. We also want to make sure, that if and when they are released, that they don't pose a threat to our community."

The Pennsylvania Parole Board, Adams said, will have the ultimate say in whether Goodman or any of the other defendants serving life sentences are released from prison.


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