Goodson Sentenced On Tampering With Evidence Charge

A Jakwaviane Kentrail Goodson pled guilty to tampering with evidence and was sentenced to 17 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice, according to prosecutors.

Jakwaviane Kentrail Goodson (HCSO jail photo)

The 22-year-old has been in custody since his arrest July 20, 2019 on the tampering with evidence charge, as well as an obstruction or retaliation charge and a sexual assault of a child charge, according to jail reports. He was indicted in October 2019 on both charges, according to court reports. He faced six other charges as well, according to jail, sheriff’s office and court reports.

On Feb. 21, 2020, Goodson was alleged to have been among five inmates accused of attacking and assaulting two other inmates inside Hopkins County jail, Hopkins County Sheriff’s investigators reported in February.

On Feb. 27, 2020, Goodson was charged on¬†two counts of obstruction or retaliation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was accused of making death threats to jail staff, sheriff’s investigators alleged in February.

Goodson pled guilty Aug. 17, 2020, before 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt to the July 20, 2019 tampering with evidence charge as part of a 12.45 agreement, according to prosecutors.

This refers to Section 12.45 of Texas Penal Code which allows a defendant to admit during the sentencing hearing guilt of one or more unadjudicated offenses and request the court to take each into account in determining sentence for the offense or offenses of which he stands adjudged guilty.

The sexual assault case was reportedly dismissed outright. Goodson pled guilt to the tampering charge. After acknowledging guilt on the obstruction/retaliation charges and aggravated assault charges, those charges were dismissed. He accepted a sentence of 17 years in prison on the tampering with evidence charge, according to the district attorney’s office.

Author: Faith Huffman

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