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Convicted murderer, rapist again charged with rape

Published: Tue, April 23, 2013 @ 11:30 a.m.

Convicted murderer, rapist again charged with rape


James Gooden has spent nearly half his life in prison for the rape and murder of a woman in 1986 and now he will be standing before a Youngstown Municipal Court judge on burglary, attempted rape, assault and kidnapping charges.

Gooden, 57, of Youngstown, is set for a preliminary hearing on Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly on the felony charges. He is being held in the Mahoning County jail on a $500,000 bond.

Gooden is charged in connection with the attack and attempted rape of a 21-year-old West Side woman last week.

Gooden can go forward with the preliminary hearing Monday or he can waive that hearing and allow charges to be directly presented to a Mahoning County grand jury for possible indictment.

Gooden was convicted in the 1986 stabbing death and attempted rape of a Youngstown woman. He served 25 years in prison on those charges, being released in late 2011.

In the most recent case, reports say Gooden went to the victim’s Lakeview Avenue home and attempted to assault her after threatening the woman with a knife.

For more on this story see Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com.


1Pyroc(138 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

How's that "Reformed in prison" theory working out? This scumbag should have got the Death Penalty the first time around. Then we would not have a second victim, or the expense to the taxpayers for a second trip through the Justice System.

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2INTEL(63 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

IF she would have had a gun... it would not be a headlines... it would be a short story with justice served... plain and simple...

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3DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

And the bleeding-heart liberals want us to give up our guns because they love being victims!! Add to that our corrupt judges. What a combination for disaster!

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

When will the justice system ever learn. This animal should have gotten the death penalty in the first case.

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