June trial date set for Goff murder case

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

A June 5 trial date has been set for a former Lawrence County woman accused of murdering her husband.

Megan Goff, 26, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of William Goff, 51, on March 18.

William Goff was shot multiple times in the head and chest at his Hamilton Township residence. Megan Goff remains in the Lawrence County Jail under a $2.5 million bond. The trial date was scheduled Wednesday during a pre-trial conference in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court before Judge Richard Walton.

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In other matters Wednesday, an area woman was sentenced to two years in prison after she violated the terms of her community controlled sanctions.,

Mary Crockett, 45, who lists addresses of

both 421 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake and Ceredo, W.Va., was sentenced to five years probation after a drug trafficking conviction in 2000. She was arrested last month and accused of not reporting to her probation officer as ordered and of associating with other known felons.

“I had hoped for better things for you,” Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown said as he sentenced her. “We wanted you to do the right thing.”

Also Wednesday, Steven Evans, 37, of Oak Hill, pleaded guilty to a seven-count bill of information charging him with having a weapon under a disability and disrupting a public service, both felonies, as well as domestic violence, having a weapon while intoxicated, two counts of aggravated menacing and inducing panic, all misdemeanors.

Evans will serve a total of two years in prison but could be eligible for judicial release after a year and a half if he exhibits good behavior while in prison and if he is accepted to a community-based correction facility for a six-month stay. He will receive credit for time served in jail awaiting conclusion of his case.

Also Wednesday, William Romaine, 41, of Columbus, Neb., was granted judicial release from prison after serving three years of a four- year prison sentence on a sexual battery conviction.

“Mr. Romaine, while he was incarcerated, completed a number of programs in relation to his offense and completed them successfully,” his attorney, Chris Delawder, told the court.

As part of his release, Romaine must register as a sexually oriented offender. Delawder indicated Romaine plans to return to Nebraska. He was accused of having improper sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.