Iowa Teen Receives Life Sentence for Killer Spanish Teacher over Poor GradeNovember 16, 2023
The Iowa judge has sentenced 18-year-old Jeremy Goodale to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 25 years, for his involvement in the beating death of his high school Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber. Judge Shawn Showers emphasized that Goodale could have prevented the attack. Goodale and his friend Willard Miller pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the 2021 killing, in which they attacked the 66-year-old teacher with a bat. The motive was linked to Miller’s concern over a grade that would hinder his participation in a study abroad program. Goodale apologized to Graber’s relatives, the community, and his own family before the sentencing, expressing deep regret for his actions. His lawyer had argued for life in prison with no mandatory minimum before parole eligibility. Miller was also sentenced to life in prison, with a possibility of parole after 35 years. During the proceedings, the victim’s brother-in-law expressed doubts about the authenticity of Goodale’s remorse.