Prisoner sentenced to extra 24 years for murdering cellmate who raped his sister

Washington state inmate has prison term extended by 24 years after killing his cellmate who bragged about raping his sister.

An inmate from Washington State has been sentenced to an additional 24 years for killing his cellmate - a convicted child rapist who had sexually abused his sister.

26-year-old, Shane Goldsby, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, he was sentenced last week for beating Robert Munger, 70, to death in June 2020.

Munger was partway into a 43-year prison sentence at the Airway Heights Correctional facility on multiple child pornography and child molestation charges prior to Goldsby being assigned as his new cellmate.

Goldsby said that he had snapped after listening to Munger brag about his crimes to other inmates, whilst in a prison communal area he came up behind Munger and attacked him, he was said to have punched him to the ground before kicking him 14 times in the face and then stamping on his head four times before walking away.

Munger died in hospital from his injuries three days later.

Inmate murders sisters rapist in Washington State
Goldsby stated that he couldnt believe Munger was put into the same cell as him and requested a transfer many times

In an interview with US KHQ Goldsby said that he had gotten into a number of fights with corrections officers during his time in prison, and had been moved to multiple facilities before being transferred to Airway Heights.

Upon his transfer, Goldsby said he was a reformed man and had found God.

"I quit gangbanging. I was doing good," he said.

The Washington Department of Corrections said it has a policy against such prison assignments, but after a review, it discovered that because of issues such as different last names, was unable to find the connection between the two in the report.

'There was no clear indication in the documentation regularly reviewed for housing assignments that there was a potential conflict,' DoC spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie said.

Goldsby wrote an apology letter to Munger's family, however he was to emotional to read it during the court hearring

'You put me in the same cell as this dude,' Goldsby said. 'I feel set up. I'm the victim.'

At his sentencing on Wednesday, Goldsby was too overcome with emotion to read his apology.

His attorney, Victoria Lynn Blumhorst read it for him, the Spokesman-Review reported.

'I’m ashamed of my actions, I was put into a situation that I don’t wish on anybody,' she said on her client's behalf. 'I got a lot of fixing to do.'

She had told the judge that Goldsby had a troubled childhood, and had been transferred to 10 different foster homes before reconnecting with his mother, who began to use drugs with him.

Goldsby had been in prison since he was 22 for his joyriding incident, and had been transferred to Airway Heights after going through an inmate reform program.

Prisoner kills sisters rapist cellmate
Airway Heights Correctional Center in Washington State

The maximum sentence that Goldsby could have received was 33 years, the prosecution stated that the additional 24 years was needed to ensure that there was no possibility of Munger's wife still being alive upon Goldsby's future release.

In addition to his prison sentence, Goldsby is to serve three years parole upon his released and pay Munger's family restitution, with a figure set at a later date, the outlet also reported.



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