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Woman who stabbed grandmother in Newton Falls will remain free



Published: Sat, January 26, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

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

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

A status update in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on 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 have been adjudicated that way in Trumbull County in recent years.

That determination indicates identifiable evidence of mental illness and a sign that the person doesn’t understand what they did was wrong, Arduin said.

Many of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent Trumbull County history have involved psychiatric evaluations to determine whether the accused person was insane at the time of the crime, but Goodrich is one of the few in which it was shown to be true.

Arduin’s colleague at the Forensic Psychiatric Center, Dr. Thomas Gazley, conducts many of the evaluations ordered by Trumbull County judges. The center serves Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashtabula counties.

Goodrich remains under the supervision of the court for up to 13 years, the length of the prison term she could have received if she’d been convicted of the crimes she was charged with. She will next appear before Judge Kontos in two years.

Goodrich, now 32, held her grandmother at knifepoint for about six hours, then stabbed her three times at the grandmother’s apartment just as a police officer was arriving. The grandmother survived.

Goodrich had a clean record before the incident and demonstrated “obvious psychiatric issues” on the day of the crimes, said Chris Becker, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor.

Kathy Lane, Goodrich’s mother, told police Goodrich had talked in recent years about being on a “suicide mission” and said her grandmother was a vampire.


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