Fairfield Teen Receives Sentence for Murder of Teacher

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A Fairfield teenager who pleaded guilty to murdering a Spanish teacher received his sentence on Wednesday.

Judge Shawn Showers sentenced Jeremy Goodale, 18, to life in prison for his role in the murder of Nohema Graber, 66, in 2021. Goodale will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Goodale’s sentencing was part of a two-day hearing which was broadcast online on KCRG-TV.

The court heard 10 victim impact statements including Jim Graber, Nohema’s brother-in-law.

“Nohema was a fantastic person…She cared for strangers. It didn’t matter — she loved everybody and for this to happen — it’s just insane.” Jim Graber

Goodale had an opportunity to speak and he apologized to Graber’s family.

“I want to say I’m grateful for this chance to speak my piece. I offer my sincerest apologies to the Graber family, but I know my words will never be enough. I’ve had time to think on what to say and I’m sorry, truly sorry.” Jeremy Goodale

Willard Miller, the other teen who pleaded guilty to the murder, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 36 years in prison but has appealed the sentence.

In November 2021, Goodale and Miller beat Nohema Graber with a baseball bat while she was taking a walk in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield. The teens then hid her body under a tarp using a wheelbarrow and railroad ties.

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