Valley Cottage Man Convicted in Unprovoked Shooting of Neighbor

Early-morning incident at Mountainview Condominiums in 2011 triggered five-hour manhunt.


A 54-year-old Valley Cottage man was convicted today in the of a neighbor at in Valley Cottage.

The pre-dawn incident triggered a five-hour manhunt, with the condo complex becoming an armed camp that was circled for hours by a search helicopter. of 585 Sierra Vista Lane was captured a short distance south of the complex in a wooded area.

"The routine of a Tuesday morning was tossed in to chaos by this frightening and unprovoked attack," Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said. "Without warning, the victim was senselessly but deliberately shot, causing life-threatening injuries. Fortunately, the victim survived. The defendant will now spend many years behind bars to pay for his heinous crime."

Goods opened fire on a 33-year-old neighbor who lived on the same floor in his condo building as the victim was walking his dog. The victim suffered multiple wounds in the back of his head, his lower back, arm and leg from shots fired from a .38 caliber pistol at close range.

The victim was taken to Nyack Hospital, where he underwent surgery. One of his arms was broken by a bullet.

Goods is scheduled to be sentenced in Rockland County Court on Oct. 11, when he faces up to a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Immediately after the shooting, Goods fled the area. Clarkstown police set up a command post near the scene of the shooting and coordinated a search involving several police agencies, using police dogs and Rockland County's emergency helicopter.

Goods was tried before a jury in Rockland County Court in New City and was convicted of:

- Second-degree attempted murder.

- First-degree assault.

- Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

- First-degree criminal use of a firearm.

During his trial, 17 witnesses were called to testify against Goods, including the victim. Witnesses also included Clarkstown Police Officer Robert Reilly and Westchester County Police Officer Matthew Notaro, who testified as police dog experts about the tracking of evidence and the identification of Goods in the woods on the day of the shooting.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Arthur Ferraro and Senior Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Parietti with the assistance of Cyril Kerr, an investigator with the Rockland District Attorney's Office.

AH August 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
How hard is it to proof read an article before you post it. They invented spell check to use.
Patty Shepard Fonti August 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Forget about the mispelling in this article. What about the fact that a man was shot several times for no reason at all. Thank God Mr Kern survived this horrible shooting. This man needs serious help!
Alan D. August 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
If guns weren't so easily available, he would not have been able to shoot him. Why do you want to carry a gun, Sharon? Are you looking to rob a bank?
Tony Mele August 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The news of senseless violence is always disturbing and of concern to everyone. I am relieved to know that the victim will survive and is on the road to a full recovery. The perpetrator will face a jury of his peers and justice will be served accordingly. The knee jerk reaction to ban firearms as a solution to gun violence is an emotional one but not a solution. Laws do not stop violence nor banning the instrument used in the conduct of the crime prevent injury. The Proof is our prisons are teeming with convicts and the laws for which they are imprisoned did not deter their crime. Violent crime is as old as humanity. The strict laws governing the Garden of Eden did not stop fratricide nor did a ban on stone age weapons. Intellectually, this crime does not make the case for disarming citizens or infringing on their 2nd Amendment Rights but instead makes the case against it. A disarmed population is a greater danger than one armed miscreant. All reasonable safeguards are in place, enforcement is stringent, but the responsibility for your own personal safety belong to the individual. Take the same precautions you apply to locking your front door, car door, and ATM passwords as you can to protect your life and family.
jrod August 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
People in this world are just mentally ill. Not sure if this guy was actually diagnosed, but you're not sane if you're capable of doing what he did. Services to the mentally ill have been drastically eliminated. People will find a gun if they want one. Legally or not. Not making excuses for this guy - it's a tragedy....but there are so many tragedy's that could be avoided completely. If everyone takes their heads out of the sand. Take a look around one day. Lots of people are one just step away from a tragedy. This world doesn't make it easy for those who need help to get it.


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