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Suspect in Big Spring shooting, robberies pleads guilty to probation violations

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Goodman will serve nine years

By Sarah Bennett

A Cecilia man accused in a shooting and series of robberies near the Hardin-Meade County line pleaded guilty Tuesday to absconding probation supervision and will serve the remainder of a 10-year sentence.

Steven C. Goodman, 21, was arrested Oct. 29 after a series of events that started at Carolyn’s Corner Store in Big Spring.

In connection with an Oct. 27 shooting and robberies, he faces charges of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Goodman denies the allegations, which are pending an indictment by the grand jury.

At the time of his arrest, Goodman was on probation for drug-related offenses, and state police served him with two bench warrants issued earlier that month, according to officials.

Court records indicate those warrants were issued for absconding supervision and failure to appear. One was issued Oct. 24, just three days before the alleged shooting and robberies.

According to records, Goodman was charged in 2011 with conspiracy to manufacturing methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree fleeing or evading police. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for those charges.

In a previous interview with The News-Enterprise, Todd Hanson, Department of Corrections spokesman, said Goodman served one year while the remainder of his sentence was probated for five years.

He was released in June and entered probation supervision, Hanson said.

On Tuesday, Goodman appeared in Hardin Circuit Court with his attorney, public defender David Stewart.

He waived a probation revocation hearing and ultimately pleaded guilty to absconding supervision and violating curfew.

Judge Kelly Mark Easton said Goodman will serve the remaining nine years of his sentence.

According to Easton, any sentence received on the new charges would be served consecutively.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.