Woman who stabbed grandmother will remain free under conditions
Former Leavittsburg woman Crystal Goodrich is doing well in her mental-health treatment program and working part-time
A status update held in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Friday for former Leavittsburg woman Crystal Goodrich indicates she is doing well in her mental-health treatment program and working part-time since being released from a facility last summer.
Goodrich stabbed her 81-year-old grandmother three times in 2009 in Newton Falls, but the court ruled her not guilty by reason of insanity. She was kept at Heartland Behavioral Health Center in Massillon for two years.
Judge Peter Kontos granted her conditional release last summer, meaning she’s released into the community as long as she follows her mental-health treatment program, “which she’s been doing very well,” said Vince Arduin, forensic monitor for Trumbull County for the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio in Austintown.
“It’s been an exemplary transition back into the community,” Arduin said after Goodrich’s hearing.
“She’s active in the community. She has social contacts. She works part-time. She’s following all aspects of her social release,” he said. Among the requirements are that she remain in treatment and not use illegal drugs.
Judge Kontos, the county prosecutor’s office and Goodrich’s attorney agreed with the “community-risk assessment” provided to the court and said there would be no change in Goodrich’s status.
Arduin said the not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity determination is extremely rare in Ohio courts, with Goodrich being one of the few who has been adjudicated that way in Trumbull County in recent years.