MISSOULA — Stephen Roy Goodman, who pleaded guilty to hiding his mother after she allegedly ran over a Missoula police officer with her car, had a plea agreement all worked out.
For admitting guilt to the charge of obstructing justice, he’d get a three-year deferred sentence, meaning that if he stayed out of trouble during that time, his record would be clean.
Goodman, 18, was released on pretrial supervision after his guilty plea March 27, according to court records. All he had to do was comply with a list of standard conditions such as regular check-ins with his pretrial supervisor, and abstain from drugs and alcohol.
He lasted less than two months. On May 17, he failed to check in with his pretrial supervisor.
“The state is revoking its plea offer,” Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks said Thursday, at what was to have been Goodman’s sentencing hearing.
Now Goodman is back in the Missoula County jail where his mother awaits trial.
His bail is set at $50,000, while hers is $250,000.
In January, Dawnette Eaton, 47, allegedly backed over a Missoula police officer who was attempting to question her about a reported parole violation. Eaton’s car briefly dragged officer Deni Poling, severely injuring her, before the car sped away. Poling’s partner, Lt. Rich Stepper, shot at the car as it fled, wounding Eaton in the arm.
Eaton allegedly abandoned her car and caught a ride with a friend to Goodman’s apartment. In papers accompanying his guilty plea, Goodman wrote that he “attempted to help and then conceal my mother (wounded in arm) knowing she was a fugitive.”
Obstructing justice is a felony with a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Eaton is charged with assault with a weapon, escape and with failing to remain at an accident scene where a person was seriously injured, all felonies.
Her trial is set for June 5 – the same day her son is to come back to court for his sentencing.