Convicted molester seeks to withdraw plea
WOODSTOCK – A convicted child molester was moments away from sentencing Friday when his attorney said his client wanted to withdraw his guilty pleas to rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.
The defendant, Robert Lee Good, was facing a sentence of up to life imprisonment, but objected to a pre-sentence report and mental health evaluation that his attorney argued violated the terms of the plea agreement.
Bradley Pollock, Good’s attorney, said both reports contained statements about other offenses allegedly committed by Good, offenses that were never included in the defendant’s guilty pleas. Pollock said those offenses are not to be considered in Good’s sentencing.
“You’ve got Mr. Good’s version of what happened, and that’s all we ask the court to focus on, except for Mr. Good’s elocution,” Pollock told Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp.
Good, 49, formerly of New Market, pleaded guilty in August to two offenses committed against an 8-year-old boy. Both were Alford pleas, which means Good acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him but he still insists that he is innocent.
Tina Hillsman, a co-defendant in the case, is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
Good and Hillsman were initially charged with a total of 17 offenses in the case, most of which were dropped in plea agreements. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola has said that the victim is still undergoing counseling as a result of the crimes committed against him. Campola said he did not want to subject the victim to the trauma of delivering trial testimony against Good.
Hupp gave Pollock 10 days to file a motion to withdraw the guilty pleas and Campola five days to deliver a reply. The next hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 6.
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