- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A man avoided a death sentence by pleading guilty to charges related to his brother and sister-in-law’s killings.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1LK4VeU) 62-year-old Gary Goins was found guilty last week on aggravated murder charges. Accepting a plea deal during the sentencing phase allowed Goins to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial that Goins, from Pollock Pines, California, shot the couple because they cut him off financially. Their bodies were found three days later in October 2011 near their home north of Grants Pass.

Jane Claus was one of the attorneys defending Goins and said Tuesday’s resolution saved taxpayers money, ending a month-long trial. Neither the prosecution nor the defendant made details of the plea deal public.


Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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