Family of LaShonda Childs reacts to shooter’s sentencing

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A 29-year-old man will spend at least 18 years in prison for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.

Montgomery County Judge Dennis Adkins sentenced Trendell Goodwin, of Dayton, to 18 years to life. Goodwin fatally shot 17-year-old LaShonda Childs on Shoop Avenue in October 2018.

Goodwin previously pleaded guilty to murder, felonious assault and firing over a roadway.

Childs’ family spoke moments after the sentence was handed down. “I was kind of shocked, but then again I do feel it was fair the 18 to life knowing he can’t get out in the 18. He doesn’t have a number to look at. His number is life so I was alright with that,” said Jaylon Childs, LaShonda Childs’ brother.

Childs had a restraining order against Goodwin.

Sarah Wolf-Knight, the Grant and Advocacy Manager with YWCA of Dayton says in some cases, like Child’s protective orders are not enough to save a life.

“When you have a high risk of violence or death, sometimes it’s still not enough. Unfortunately, LaShonda’s situation was not unique. Women in this country every day are killed in domestic violence situations because there are firearms present. So we are working really closely with our legislative leaders,” shared Wolf-Knight.

Childs’ family says they’ll have to carry on as best they can, but they’ll never forget LaShonda.

“We’re just going to try to move on and live a normal life. We still think about her all the time,” said Childs.

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