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Fairfield man sentenced to 3½ years for role in 2009 robbery of Skowhegan credit union

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Fairfield man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 3½ years in federal prison for his role in a credit union robbery at knifepoint more than three years ago.

Forrest T. “Teddy” Goodwin Jr., 34, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his incarceration. In addition, he was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 and restitution of $1,700.

Goodwin was found not guilty in June by a federal jury of armed robbery and aiding and abetting armed robbery, but guilty of being an accessory after the fact in connection with the robbery of a Skowhegan credit union on June 10, 2009, at knifepoint.

He has been held without bail since his arrest a year ago. That time will be credited to his sentence.

In sentencing Goodwin, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock noted his criminal record related to drugs and his spotty work history.

“When is he going to stop committing crimes? That’s my concern,” Woodcock said.

The judge also said the defendant had been addicted to opiates since he suffered a back injury at the age of 22.

Goodwin did not address the court.

Credit union employees did not attend the sentencing but did submit victim impact statements. Woodcock said that in deciding what sentence to impose, he considered the continuing fear they experienced because of the robbery.

“While you are in jail, I want you to think not just about yourself,” Woodcock told Goodwin in imposing the sentence. “I want you to think about your victims. According to the jury, you knew Paul Garland committed an armed robbery and you did your best to help him get away with it. That makes you complicit in what happened to those tellers.”

Goodwin denied to investigators that he was aware his co-defendant, Paul J. Garland, 27, of Oakland, planned to rob the credit union. Goodwin learned Garland had robbed it when Garland left the building and told Goodwin what he had done, according to testimony at Goodwin’s trial.

Garland pleaded guilty in April to the robbery of the Taconnet Federal Credit Union, located on U.S. Route 201. He was sentenced in September to eight years in federal prison. Garland was being housed Thursday at a federal prison in Oklahoma City, according the the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ inmate locator.

Two men, wearing hooded sweatshirts and sunglasses, arrived at the credit union about 10:30 a.m. on the day of the robbery on a motorcycle, according to court documents.

Garland went inside and demanded money, according to court documents.
He initially was calm but a teller noticed a bit later that he was agitated.

“[Garland] came to the counter and [the teller] noticed that he had a knife in his hand,” according to the version of events to which Garland pleaded guilty. “The male told her to put all the money in the bag, which she noticed was a white, plastic shopping bag with red writing. As [the teller] was putting the money in the bag, the male banged on the counter with the knife and started yelling, ‘Faster, faster.’ After [the teller] put all the money in the bag, the male turned and left the building.”

Garland and Goodwin escaped on the motorcycle with $9,147, according to court documents.

About two hours after the robbery, the motorcycle was found by police behind the residence where Garland was staying, according to court documents. The license plates on the motorcycle were from another vehicle.

On June 11, 2009, Garland fled the state without any luggage and stayed with a friend in Valparaiso, Ind., into mid-August, according to court documents. While there, he paid cash for motels, food and entertainment.

After he was arrested, Goodwin told police Garland had given him $1,700 from the robbery that he eventually spent on drugs, according to a previous report.

Goodwin faced up to 12½ years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000 on the accessory charge. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, he faced a recommended sentence of between three years and one month and three years and 10 months.

If a knife had not been used in the robbery, Goodwin would have faced between two years and three months and two years and nine months in prison under the federal sentencing guidelines.

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