Man Sentenced to 75 Years for Robbing 18-year-old Store Clerk at Gunpoint
GALVESTON, TX – It took about an hour today for a Galveston County jury to sentence Nathan Goodwin, 51, to 75 years and 50 years on convictions for aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Wednesday, February 15th, a jury of 5 men and 7 women convicted Goodwin of both aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, in the 212th Judicial District Court of Galveston County. Goodwin was charged with robbing an 18-year-old store clerk at gunpoint at the Shell gas station on FM 1764 and IH45 on May 10, 2010.
Goodwin’s trial began on Monday with testimony commencing Tuesday. Goodwin pled “not guilty” to the charge. Prosecutors Jennifer Ott and Kristena Glenn offered testimony from the victim, who recounted that Goodwin walked into the store and demanded money while placing a handgun on the counter, pointing it towards her. A surveillance video admitted in evidence captured Goodwin telling the clerk, “I don’t want to have to shoot you, hurry up and give me the money.” The clerk tearfully recalled that she was terrified that Goodwin could have shot her.
The jury deliberated about an hour on Wednesday before finding the defendant guilty of both charges. Punishment proceedings continued on Wednesday afternoon, with prosecutors offering testimony of another robbery victim who worked at a bank in Harris County. That bank teller identified Goodwin from a photo line-up after he robbed her at gunpoint only one day after he robbed the clerk in La Marque. Prosecutors also introduced evidence of Goodwin’s five prior felony convictions.
Today, jurors deliberated for about an hour before reaching verdicts of 75 years on the aggravated robbery charge and 50 years on the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge.