IRON MOUNTAIN - A Norway man who injured two Michigan State Police troopers with gunfire last year will spend at least 20 years behind bars, and may remain in prison for the rest of his life.
Richard Albert Goodreau, 50, was sentenced in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Monday, more than 13 months after his arrest, after previously pleading no contest to five felony counts of assault with intent to murder and one felony charge of felony firearm, and guilty to three felony counts of possession of child sexually abusive material.
Each of the assault charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Felony charges of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and malicious destruction of fire or police property were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Authorities believe Goodreau had sexual contact with a 6-year-old boy at his home on West 11th Avenue in Norway on Feb. 6, 2015. The boy's mother testified she walked in on the incident and had no doubts about what she saw.
When five troopers attempted to arrest Goodreau on Feb. 11, 2015, he shot at them with a pistol. One trooper reported minor injuries on his forehead he believed to be from flying glass fragments, and another reported an injured forearm from where a bullet grazed his skin.
While completing follow-up investigation in the days after Goodreau's arrest, troopers seized two computers and and multiple digital storage devices from his residence that contained 95 child pornography videos.
During the sentencing hearing, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards said she was speaking for the three groups of victims: the 6-year-old boy, the five troopers Goodreau shot at, and the "countless exploited children" in the pornography videos.
Richards read a letter written by the boy's mother stating her son no longer feels safe and is in counseling.
She also read victim impact statements from the troopers, who said they may have escaped serious physical injury but continue to deal with emotional trauma.
"We sometimes forget police officers are human beings," Richards said. "They don't just become indestructible when they put on their uniforms."
Of Goodreau's child pornography videos, Richards said they contained "some of the most unspeakable acts" she has witnessed as a prosecutor.
"Society deserves to be protected from him," she concluded.
Defense attorney Michael Scholke said Goodreau was likely depressed and suffers from mental health issues.
"On the day in question, my client made some very terrible choices, some very terrible decisions," he said.
Scholke noted Goodreau is remorseful and has taken responsibility for his actions by not going through with a jury trial.
Goodreau himself said, "Nothing I ever say or do will take back what happened."
He claimed he did not intend to kill anyone, because he had a "perfect line of fire" at one point but couldn't go through with it. He personally apologized to the troopers in the courtroom and told the court he also wanted to apologize to Norway police officers and his entire family.
Judge Richard J. Celello applauded the troopers for their continued protection of the community and their consent to the plea agreement.
"This sentence would not be imposed if any of you objected, but you didn't want a young boy to be put through a trial," he said. "For that, I commend each and every one of you."
Celello said he hoped the victims will someday forgive Goodreau and Goodreau will someday forgive himself.
On each of the assault charges, Celello ordered Goodreau serve a minimum of 18 years to a maximum of life, with credit for 397 days already served. Those sentences will run concurrently.
The felony firearm charge carries a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence to the 18-year sentence.
Celello also ordered 12 months' incarceration on each of the child sexually abusive material charges, to be served concurrently to each other and to the 18-year sentence.
If Goodreau is released from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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