A Dayton man who tried to take back his guilty plea to charges involving the shooting death of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend was sentenced to prison Thursday.
Trendell Goodwin appeared in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in front of Judge Dennis Adkins regarding the Oct. 2, 2018, shooting death of LaShonda Childs. The judge gave Goodwin 18 years to life in prison.
Goodwin was previously indicted on two counts of murder, three counts of felonious assault and two counts of discharge of firearms on or near prohibited premises for the incident.
Goodwin eventually pleaded guilty to murder, felonious assault and a weapons charge the morning his trial was scheduled to start in September.
As part of his plea, he agreed to a sentence of 18 years to life in prison, according to court documents. Goodwin appeared in court for his sentencing two days later, but then he asked Adkins if he could withdraw his plea. The judge denied that motion this week.
Thursday afternoon, Adkins reviewed the timeline of the case and asked Goodwin if he had anything to say before the sentence was handed down. Goodwin said, “no,” and had no objections during the proceeding.
The court did have a chance to hear from the mother of Lashonda Childs, Nina, as she tearfully recounted the impact her daughter’s death has had on the family.
“My daughter died from gun violence. This is a tragedy,” Nina Childs said. “He, Trendell Goodwin received a sentence of 18-years-to-life. He still has some life left to live. His family and others can still see him and talk to him. My daughter, LaShonda Childs, no longer has a voice that we can hear. Hopefully, he gets everything that is due to him.”
Following her statement to the court, Adkins then handed down the sentence, with 465 days credit being counted as time already served for Goodwin.
He also ordered Goodwin to pay restitution that included $3,119.25 to Nina Childs for funeral expenses and $1,432 to the Ohio Attorney General’s Victim of Crime Compensation Fund.
Goodwin has 30 days to appeal the sentence.
Prosecutors said that Goodwin got into an argument with Childs and her boyfriend on Mumma Avenue in Dayton.
After Goodwin pulled out a gun, Childs called 911 and got into a car with her boyfriend. They were trying to drive away when Goodwin reportedly fired into the car.
Childs was shot in the head and her boyfriend drove her to Grandview Medical Center. She died early Oct. 3, 2018, from her injuries.
Goodwin has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail about 15 times for various offenses starting in 2011. Most cases were not prosecuted, according to jail records.
On Feb. 19, 2018, Goodwin was arrested after LaShonda Childs told police he hit her in the face and bit her left shoulder during an argument about text messages involving another woman.
Nina Childs said Goodwin initially told her daughter that he was 20, not in his late 20s, around September 2017. Childs said her daughter first tried to get away from Goodwin a couple of months after that.
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