Goddard sentenced to 20 years

William Goddard Jr.

A Fort Dodge man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man with a flare gun has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes.

William Goddard Jr., 32, was arrested on July 22, 2020, after he shot a 52-year-old man with a flare gun in the 500 block of South 15th Street the day before. In a video recording, Goddard Jr. was seen shooting twice at the man before pushing him to the ground and striking him with a blunt object numerous times. Before he left the crime scene, Goddar Jr. struck the victim lying on the ground with his vehicle.

The victim, Robert Allen, was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, including a fractured skull.

Goddard Jr. was initially charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony, and going armed with intent.

In January, Goddard Jr. pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon (a Class C felony), going armed with intent (a Class D felony) and willful injury (a Class C felony)

The plea agreement also dropped several pending charges Goddard faced in unrelated incidents, including trespassing, reckless driving, theft, drug violations, driving while barred, vehicle registration violation and no insurance.

Goddard Jr. was sentenced by District Court Judge Kurt Stoebe last week. For the charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury, Stoebe sentenced Goddard Jr. to 10 years in prison for each offense, to be served consecutively. For the charge of going armed with intent, Goddard Jr. was sentenced to five years, to be served concurrently to the other two sentences.

Goddard Jr. also faces $4,329.75 in fines and surcharges, which were suspended due to his pending incarceration and lack of financial resources.

Stoebe also extended the no contact order between Goddard Jr. and Allen for five years.

Goddard Jr. will be taken to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale to in-process for the Iowa Department of Corrections before he is transferred to a state prison to serve out his sentence.


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