Portsia Smith covers Louisa County crime and news.
Three convicted in near-death beating
Three men who nearly beat a man to death on Father’s Day were convicted by a jury in Louisa County Circuit Court yesterday.
Mineral residents Chad Goins, 33, Jason McDonald, 32, and 17-year-old Sedrick Goins were convicted of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding by mob and conspiracy to committ malicious wounding after a three day trial. Chad Goins was also convicted of abduction by deception.
According to Louisa Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire, Chad Goins asked the 46-year-old victim to go with him to the store to get some beer on June 16, Father’s Day.
But instead of going to the store, Goins drove the car to a secluded area where the two other men were waiting, McGuire said. The victim tried to run, but the three men caught up with him and “beat him severely leaving him for dead,” McGuire said.
A friend saw the beating and called 911. The victim was taken to a Charlottesville hospital where an emergency operation was performed, but according to the victim’s daughter, “he is a total different person and now has the mind of a child.”
McGuire said the beating was so brutal that Judge Timothy K. Sanner ruled that the victim was legally incompetant and would not let him take the stand during the trial.
McGuire said the motive for the beating is unclear, but it may have had something to do with a false claim that the victim assaulted his girlfriend, who is Chad Goins’ sister and Sedrick Goins’ mother.
The jury recommended that Chad Goins, a two-time convicted sex offender, be sentenced to the maximum allowed sentence of life plus 40 years in prison.
McDonald, who is a cousin to the Goins, received a recommended sentence of 26 years in prison.
Sedrick Goins, who was tried as an adult, will be sentenced by the court on April 9 because of his age.
“No one deserves a beating like that,” McGuire said. “This sentence will not give the victim his quality of life back but it ensures these predators will not prey on others.”