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Washington man sentenced to 25 years for murdering sister’s rapist in prison

A Washington man was sentenced another 25 years for killing his cellmate, who sexually assaulted his sister, among others, while they were minors.

Fox News reported that Shane Goldsby, 25,  was convicted and given his sentence on August 3. On June 2, 2020, the Airway Heights Police Department was contacted and responded to a call from the Airway Heights Corrections Center about an assault (KHQ Spokane). Once on the scene, Goldsby was determined to be the suspect and questioned on the scene. He was kept in custody as the investigation was not yet finished.

Goldsby’s cellmate was Robert Munger, a 70-year old man convicted of child rape, child molestation and possession of child pornography. He died three days after the attack. The Spokane Medical Examiner declared that he had a fractured skull from blunt force trauma to his head. Authorities ruled his death a homicide.

Airway Heights detectives and the Spokane County Prosecutors Office worked together to file murder charges against Goldsby. Goldsby first appeared in court on July 29, 2020. Goldsby was already serving time in prison for stealing a police vehicle and leading the cops in a chase in 2017.

He reportedly requested a different cellmate, but his request was denied. Because of different family last names, staff assumed the two had no connection. When Munger began sharing details of the rape of Goldsby’s sister, Goldsby claimed to have become filled with rage and “snapped.”

He said: “I had so much stuff going on in my head. I wasn’t stable at that point. I wasn’t. I was getting to that point, because (Munger) kept wanting to give me details about what happened, what he did – about the photos and the videos of him doing this stuff. It was building up.”

Goldsby pled guilty to second degree murder charges and will serve this sentence, in addition to the one he already had. In addition, he will have to pay a yet-to-be determined restitution to Munger’s family and serve a three-year parole after finishing his sentence (The Spokesman).

He issued an apology during the trial saying, “I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in this kind of way. To his wife and his whole family I apologize. I am so sorry and I hope you are able to heal from what I caused.” His sentence was designed so that Munger’s wife would no longer be alive when it ended.

Goldsby was abused as a child by his mother, a drug addict. He went on to be in at least 10 foster homes before reconnecting with her and beginning to use drugs together. He was first sentenced at age 22. Goldsby entered the Intensive Management Unit and, upon working his way out of it, met Munger at the Airway Heights prison.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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