A 42-year-old California man will spend 8 years, 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault — a charge stemming from a 2013 attack on his sister.
Kristopher A. Goodwill appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor on Friday afternoon. He initially faced three additional charges: two counts of second-degree assault, felony harassment and malicious mischief. However, the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to drop those charges if he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.
According to court documents, the Olympia Police Department began investigating Goodwill in April of 2013 after his adult sister reported that he had beaten her more than a month earlier. At the time, Goodwill had been staying with his sister at her Olympia home.
The sister reported that when she returned home from a night out with friends she heard loud noises coming from the basement. She went downstairs to investigate and found paint splattered everywhere, according to court documents.
She threatened to call the police, and Goodwill began to walk toward her. She said the next thing she remembered was being upstairs, running to the bathroom. She entered the room and shut and locked the door.
Goodwill broke the door open and hit his sister’s head against the wall repeatedly, according to court documents. He also slammed her head against a window, breaking the glass.
The sister next remembered being in the bathtub, which had been filled with water. Goodwill told her that she was dirty and needed to be cleaned. She said he pushed her head under water several times, according to court documents.
She was able to leave the home and run to a friend’s house. The friend took her to Providence St. Peter Hospital, where she was treated for a large laceration on the back of her head, along with cuts and bruises on her back, arm and forehead. She also suffered a concussion.
Goodwill returned to California a few days later, according to court documents.
The sister said she didn’t report the incident to police right away because she was trying to protect her brother.
Detectives searched the sister’s home for evidence of the altercation. They discovered that most of the blood had been cleaned up. They did find blood in the basement and on a large, wooden oar, according to court documents.
Police also learned that Goodwill was in custody in California on unrelated charges.
During Friday’s hearing, Thurston County deputy prosecutor Craig Juris asked for a 9-year sentence. The standard sentencing range for someone with Goodwill’s criminal history is 7 years, 8 months to 10 years, 3 months.
Office of Assigned Counsel attorney Larry Jefferson, who represented Goodwill, asked that his client receive the shortest possible sentence so that he could enter treatment for substance abuse and mental illness. He argued that Goodwill would not have hurt his sister if he hadn’t been mentally ill.
“This is not someone that he had any intentions of ever hurting,” Jefferson said. “This is his sister. He loves her.”
Juris said he talked to the sister recently, and she also hoped that Goodwill would receive help.
Tabor said that because of the serious of the crime, he wasn’t comfortable taking Jefferson’s recommendation.
He sentenced Goodwill to 8 years, 6 months in prison with credit for time served.