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Phelan man sentenced to life in double homicide
VICTORVILLE • Following his conviction in June, a 26-year-old Phelan man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the double homicide of his girlfriend and her unborn baby two and half years ago.
William Edward Lewis II, 26, received multiple consecutive sentences for his six charges, culminating in life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
During victim impact statements, the family of the victim, Angelina April Goffredo, 21, spoke fondly and emotionally about her and asked the judge to provide justice by giving the harshest penalty possible.
“The police did their part, the DA did her part and the jury did its part,” said Gail Goffredo, the victim’s mother, to Judge Eric Nakata. “You have the power to give the justice she deserves.”
“Angie had a rare enthusiasm for life,” said brother Christopher Goffredo. “All her dreams and aspirations were taken from her. An integral part of our happiness is missing.”
Public defender Dave Sanders asked for leniency, referencing Lewis’ young age and the fact that he lost his own unborn son and girlfriend because of the incident.
When given the chance to speak, Lewis expressed his regret and asked the family’s forgiveness.
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t give to take that day back,” Lewis said to the victim’s family. “Hating me won’t bring her back, but if it helps you to heal, do it.”
Before the sentencing, Nakata denied a motion for a new trial brought by the defense over a juror’s comments that were overheard in a cafe. After reviewing the motion, Nakata ruled that Lewis had received a fair trial.
On June 5, Lewis was convicted of two counts of murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapons and two counts of threatening to commit a crime, following a full day of deliberation by the jury, according to previous reports.
On March 6, 2010, deputies responded to a Phelan residence in the 8900 block of Smith Road after Lewis called 911. When deputies arrived, they found Goffredo was found lying in a pool of blood on the bedroom floor of the couple’s apartment.
Autopsy results showed that Goffredo was shot in the face from just one foot away. A doctor removed a 10- to 12-week-old fetus from Goffredo, and determined that the fetus had died as the result of the mother’s death.
Goffredo told several stories to investigators but concluded by saying that he got in an argument with Goffredo, pointed a gun at her and accidentally fired the gun.
The family expressed in victim impact statements that the sentencing would bring a sense of closure more than two and a half years after Goffredo was killed.
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