When Michael Goodwin, Junior makes his appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday, anyone with an internet connection will be able to follow along.
The court has decided to allow Goodwin’s hearing to be live-streamed on the court’s YouTube channel. Goodwin is appealing his sentence on a second-degree murder conviction, after he shot and killed his father in 2015. He pleaded guilty to avoid a first-degree murder charge, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with a minimum of 20 years.
Goodwin claims the sentencing was illegal because he didn’t have an attorney representing him at the hearing, and that as a juvenile at the time of the offense, he shouldn’t have been subject to a mandatory minimum sentence. Attorneys for the state say Goodwin’s sentencing wasn’t adversarial, and that his sentence should not be set aside. The normal minimum sentence for second-degree murder is 35 years, but that was reduced to 20 on the prosecution’s recommendation because Goodwin was a minor.
The Iowa Courts YouTube channel can be found here.