Accused killer in deputy Goforth case pleads guilty, avoids death penalty

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:07:45 AM. Shannon Miles, the man accused of fatally shooting Harris County sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth may plead guilty Wednesday to capital murder in exchange for life without parole, escaping the death penalty, officials confirmed.
Shannon Miles, the man who fatally shot Harris County sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth, pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in exchange for life without parole, escaping the death penalty.Miles, 32, ambushed Goforth at a gas station in August 2015. Law enforcement officers of every stripe filled the ceremonial courtroom of the civil courthouse as Miles appeared in a bright yellow jail uniform before state District Judge Susan Brown. Miles said little except that he was guilty and that he understood he would be sentenced to life without parole after Brown admonished him of his rights. The plea, expected to upset members of the law enforcement community, came in part because of Miles' lengthy history of mental health issues has stymied the case. He has been in and out of state mental hospitals since being arrested days after the shooting. He also spent several months in a mental health facility in 2012. Now Playing: Police investigate the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth. Residents hold vigils at the scene of the shooting and show their support for law enforcement. (Jon Shapley) Media: Houston Chronicle In April, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon was appointed as the special prosecutor after Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg recused her office because at least one of her top lieutenants had represented witnesses in the case. After the brief hearing, county officials weighed in on the decision. "He will always be...Read more
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