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12/3/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman legislator's son guilty in heroin case
Michael Goodale
Michael Goodale
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

The 28-year-old son of a state legislator has pleaded guilty to bringing heroin into Mohave County.

Michael Goodale pleaded guilty Thursday to attempting to transport narcotic drugs for sale. Under terms of a plea agreement with the state, Goodale will receive 3½ years in prison when formally sentenced Jan. 4.

Michael and his sister, 31-year-old Stephanie, were arrested May 23 following an investigation by the Kingman Police Department into the trafficking and sale of heroin into the Kingman area.

Stephanie was arrested at home the same day Michael, his girlfriend, 19-year old Chyla Cass, and two Las Vegas residents were arrested at a gas station on Highway 68 in Golden Valley. Police said the Las Vegas suspects, Penny Jean Bell, 51, and Stanley Joe Williams, 53, had met Michael and his girlfriend to deliver heroin. They seized a half-ounce of heroin and $6,000 in cash at the scene.

Michael Goodale is the only defendant in the cases to have accepted a plea deal. Prosecutors said he was bringing heroin into Mohave County from January until the time of his arrest.

The case against Stephanie Goodale is still pending. Her attorney said during a hearing earlier this month that he feels prosecutors are looking to make an example out of her because of her last name. Michael and Stephanie are the children of Rep. Doris Goodale and her husband Bill, a Kingman Unified School District board member who passed away from complications from a stroke last month.

Stephanie Goodale's attorney has said that they would at least like to make her eligible for probation and a possible jail stint, but prosecutors said they wouldn't offer a deal that doesn't include prison time. She is currently out of jail on bond.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

Personally, I think he made the right choice.

Ask yourself this. Had he taken it to trial and fought it, how much money would the taxpayers have spent? Sure he got a lighter sentence which isn't the best, but he did save us quite a bit of money. Too bad his codefendants, who are just as guilty, could not do the same.

Of course, had he not taken the deal and taken it to trial, how many of you would be on here complaining about how much the trial costs?

As to Steven Robinson...Shame on you for turning this sad story about a family and their issues into an anti Obama rant. That is just low.


Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: mikel weisser

Leave it to Steve Robinson to turn this story of the the ongoing family tragedy into some misplaced, inappropriate, empty-headed propaganda. Our prayers go to you, Doris, in these trying times.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Yes, They Do

@ Frank Lee Speaking

"One thing which often amuses me is how you show up to comment at this sort of story each and every time. And each and every time it is to denigrate others, boost your own ego, and it is always done in such a self -righteous way."

I still rolling on the floor laughing, if I didn't know better I would of thought someone was describing yourself!


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@anonymous anonymous

".....one thing which often amuses me is the never ending group who must troll 24/7 looking for some less than stellar human being who has run afoul of the law to denigrate, use to boost their egos, self righteousness,...."

One thing which often amuses me is how you show up to comment at this sort of story each and every time. And each and every time it is to denigrate others, boost your own ego, and it is always done in such a self -righteous way. And you always remember to include a few of your "What would Jesus do?" lines.

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: law & we the people mr.c.

A new generation has emerged, who's view on the use of drugs is quite different then those of us in the senior sector. This young man is a perfect example of just how far off the beaten path we have come. Drugs and their use have been around longer then any of us and at this juncture, we now have a Representative serving in the legislature who should understand the importance of sentencing laws and be prepared to introduce bills which reflexes those views expressed here.

In comparison, this is a "young man" compared to my age, however I was fortune enough to have a teacher who I respected, who made it point to lecture our fourth grade class, to the many danger's associated with drug use, particularly heroin. My point being, what are the children of Mohave County learning?


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Must Be Sheltered

@ Sick Stuff

" I knew heroin would makes it's way to Kingman sooner or later, it's everywhere."

Do you really believe that Heroin has just arrived in Kingman? This is just the first time someone actually got busted for it.


Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

The internet is interesting it allows folks to rant, rave on many things but one thing which often amuses me is the never ending group who must troll 24/7 looking for some less than stellar human being who has run afoul of the law to denigrate, use to boost their egos, self righteousness, seems to me these folks ought to first remove the timber from their eye before worrying about the splinter in anothers eye! I find no joy, glee as some seem to do in a persons down fall, guess some folks do not even realize they are hinting at their inner sadism when they gloat and find glee in human misery, failure! I guess in the end Jesus will sort them out to each the proper flock, this person has as much a chance of ending in the flock of sheep as those who deem it necessary to denigrate him do in ending in that flock of goats!

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Citizen Me. Me.

It's Who You Know, Not What You Did. No Faith In The Law Or Politicians.

You Are All The Reason For America's Demise.


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Pretty good deal

This is a very short time for a half ounce of Heroin. Theres lots of people serving more time for pot then this Hard drug conviction.

I dont care what last name a Heroin dealer has. 31/2 years is a slap for this crime.


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: CONCERNED Citizen

Michael is doing the responsible action. He deserves to be punished. However, why is it only his name that is being published? Many public officials in Kingman have had their children arrested but yet their names are not put in the paper? One official's son sold and grew marijuana, one judge's son is in jail for drugs, a state representative son's was in jail for drugs, theft, and more drugs. Let's be fair. If one name is to appear, then all names's of state, county, and city official's names are to be published. And how can it be published that a court closed hearing decision is in the paper? Sounds like this prepresentative's children are being punished more than others

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: pu pupuhi

After months of Law enf. survelillance maybe OT..this Drug Pusher is going to jail for ONLY 3 1/2 yrs...what kind of Justice is this...this Heroin Drug, is hvy stuff...its who is KNOWN... why his getting OFF lightly...

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Just Sayin

"Her attorney said during a hearing earlier this month that he feels prosecutors are looking to make an example out of her because of her last name."

I just have to laugh because I think the lawyer is trying to use reverse psychology. If you throw it in the peoples faces maybe they will go the opposite way to prove they are not.

Sorry but do the crime do the time. You should be treated like any other criminal if found guilty. No more...No Less!


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Robinson

I respect Michael for taking responsibility for his actions and pleading guilty. He saves the county money to prosecute the case and his mother many more months of heartache.

My heart and prayers go out for my dear friend Doris Goodale, whose face a myraid of of challenges and ordeals, the least of which was the election decided last month. Being a state legislator under Obama's presidency with all the mandates being placed upon the states will make legislating very difficult


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Sick Stuff

He doesn't know how lucky he really is. Had he provided any of that heroin to someone and caused a death he would have been facing manslaughter charges. So he is actually lucky he is only getting 3 1/2 years (and won't serve the full sentence anyway) and hopefully he will learn something and be able to come out and become a productive citizen in our society, not hurting others for his own needs. I knew heroin would makes it's way to Kingman sooner or later, it's everywhere.



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