Jeremy Goodale, an 18-year-old from Iowa, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his Spanish teacher, as decreed by a judge on Wednesday.
The sentencing was captured on video, showing Goodale visibly distraught and with a bloody nose as the judge pronounced the life sentence, which includes a possibility of parole after 25 years, as reported by the New York Post.
“Every day I wish I could go back and stop myself, prevent this loss and this pain that I’ve caused everyone,” Goodale expressed to the court.
In November 2021, Goodale and Willard Miller, both 16 at the time, committed the murder of their 66-year-old Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber, using a bat. The attack took place in a park that the teacher regularly visited. According to the New York Post, Miller, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind the murder, was motivated by a poor grade given by the teacher, fearing it would affect his chances in a study abroad program.
Police were alerted to Goodale and Miller’s potential involvement in Graber’s disappearance through tips, which included disturbing Snapchat messages from Goodale, one of which read “Time to hide a body” with a jug of Clorox bleach in the background.
Miller was sentenced to life imprisonment in July, with the possibility of parole after 35 years. The judge in Miller’s case remarked that if Iowa law had allowed, he would have seriously considered sentencing Miller to life without the possibility of parole. Both Miller and Goodale pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
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