Newsom Allows Child Killer To Walk Free

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( – A California child murdered who was reportedly beaten to death by his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son is close to being let go after state officials approved his call for parole. Prosecutors have repeatedly pledged that they will ensure the man remains behind bars for the rest of his life.

Patrick Goodman, who had beaten Elijah Sanderson in December of 2000, causing the toddler to suffer from broken bones, traumatic injuries, and “pulverized” organs, which according to a medical examiner had been caused by the toddler being held by his wrist and being repeatedly swung in a wall, could end up walking free following a parole hearing in December.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ office has been pushing against the release of the now-49-year-old man; however, ultimately, the man’s fate is now in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

On Wednesday, the parole hearing transcript was published by the San Francisco Public Safety News site, which has led to critics becoming more vocal on this issue.

On Dec. 14, during the hearing, the man argued that he should be given the chance to show people that he is not the monster that he once was. Commissioners Dane Blake and Michele Minor appeared convinced as they decided after 15 minutes of deliberations that the man was no longer a threat and therefore should be allowed out on parole.

Former San Francisco Police officer Britt Elmore argued that he expected Newsom to overrule the parole because of the facts of the case.

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