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4/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman lawmaker's children will serve time for heroin sales
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The last of five defendants busted in a Golden Valley heroin ring last May will be sentenced later this month after entering a guilty plea that mandates a term in prison.

Stephanie Goodale, 32, of Kingman was charged along with four others following a three-month investigation.

Goodale's brother, Michael Goodale, 29, has already been sentenced to more than three years in prison. The siblings are the children of state Rep. Doris Goodale and the late William Goodale, a former member of the Kingman Unified School District Board.

Also arrested and sentenced were Chyla Cass, 20, to an 18-month term; ringleader Penny Bell, 52, a Golden Valley and Las Vegas resident, to a 10-year term; and Stanley Williams, 54, of Las Vegas, who received a one-year term in prison.

Cass is the girlfriend of Michael Goodale.

Bell was suspected of bringing large amounts of heroin into Mohave County. When she was arrested, Bell had half an ounce of the drug in her possession along with $6,000 in cash.

Following the arrest, Doris Goodale told the Miner she was "horrified and devastated" by the arrest. Both of her adult children lived with their parents and reportedly dealt drugs out of the home.

Police said they never believed the elder Goodales had any knowledge of what was occurring and said they cooperated fully with law enforcement. William Goodale died following complications from a stroke late last year.

Stephanie Goodale will be sentenced April 26 and could receive a prison sentence ranging from 18 months to two years.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Even Close Friends Don't Know What Happens Within A Family

Rebecca, even friends of the Goodales don't really know what the parents knew and more importantly when they knew. I should know I know Doris and knew Bill well.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ashamed Father of a teenage troublemaker

I know from firsthand experience that your "little darlings" can shock the living daylights out of you. I will never forget the first time I was telephoned by a sheriff's deputy who had just arrested my 14 year old son. That was only the first of many calls, God I cannot begin to explain the pain and humiliation of it all. When I read of the Goodales troubles, I first feel empathy for other tortured parents, I won't cast stones at them and pray that nobody casts stones at me.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: sue smith

@ who were there customers. You should go to juvile court and hear what these children have to say about what led them to heroin !!!!

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: sue smith

This is the worst drug. We really need to crack down on the dealers. Kids are getting addicted to this crap at age 14, wrong so wrong.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Rebecca Brooks

Those that know Doris and knew Bill know they had no knowledge of what was going on. Those who do know better.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Who were their customers?

Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't they just selling to other willing adults?

Man, what a nanny people we have become.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@LEO, We Await Your Action

So you really think that a State Rep and her School Board member husband, long time and generally respected members of the community, knew about heroin sales being conducted from their homes? Possibly homes that they just owned but did not reside in?

"Proof that the owners did not know drugs were being sold out of their homes has not been established."

That's not the way it works. It has to be proven they did know and (I believe) that they were complicit in some way.

If the passenger in a vehicle is arrested for drugs...the owner/driver of the vehicle is not responsible if they are unaware.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Destruction of Lives and Communities Must Have a Price

Since owners of some the property were unaware of any illegal activity, it cannot be confiscated. Of course cars, homes, and such of those involved might be.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Destruction of Lives and Communities Must Have a Price

Heroin is a very serious illegal substance. The sale of heroin speaks to the morals of the sellers. They do not care about how it will destroy their buyers, the families, and their community. They only care about making money.

The Goodales were selling this destruction out of their homes. The law allows confiscation of property connected with sales of illegal substances. CHIEF DEVRIES AND SHERIFF SHEAHAN, YOU MUST NOW CONFISCATE THE HOMES AND PROPERTY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CRIME.

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