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Goff loses appeal of murder conviction

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Megan Goff, a Hanging Rock area woman convicted of murdering her husband in 2006, lost an appeal of her murder conviction to the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals, according to Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson.

The appellate court upheld the 2011 conviction of Goff. It was the second time Goff was convicted of the 2006 murder of her husband. In the first decision in 2007 in a bench trial, Goff was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 33 years.

The case was retried in 2011 before Special Judge Patrick M. McGrath. Goff's legal counsel alleged six assignments of error. In a 27-page opinion, Judge Roger L. Kline overruled the appeal. Appellate Judges Peter B. Abele and William Harsha concurred in the ruling.

She was convicted of shooting her husband, Bill Goff, 15 times with two handguns in their home in Hamilton Township in 2006.

Goff still has the option to seek a discretionary appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, Anderson said in a press release.

She was sentenced in 2011 to an indefinite term of 15 years to life for murder plus an additional three years in prison on a gun specification. The ruling means she can't see a parole board for 18 years, Anderson said.

Goff has served six years in prison towards that sentence.

McGrath denied a request for a third trial for Goff or a lesser sentence in 2011.