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Valley Cottage Shooter Sentenced to 25 Years

Eric Goods will serve time for nearly killing a neighbor with a handgun.

A 54-year-old Valley Cottage man guilty of shooting and nearly killing his neighbor for no apparent reason has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Eric Goods opened fire on his neighbor, 33-year-old Edward Kern, at the Mountain view Condos on Sierra Vista Lane in August of 2011. He received his sentence -- the maximum -- Thursday morning at Rockland County District Court in New City during a half-hour hearing.

Goods was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree criminal use of a firearm last August.

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 shooting turned the sprawling complex into an armed camp during a five-hour manhunt for Eric Goods. Goods was found hiding in the woods near the mountaintop condo complex and was taken into custody without a fight.

Goods and Kern lived two doors away from each other. Police said the two men had very little, if any, interaction and there was no apparent history of any incidents at the complex that could have sparked the shooting.

Whether or not Goods will be eligible for parole is a decision that will be made by the Department of Corrections.

stephany October 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM
there had to be a reason
William Demarest October 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The attack was unprovoked and the neighbors had very little contact with each other prior to this incident. The victim was simply out walking his dog early one nice morning at Mountainview Condos.
Brian October 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Obviously someone who shoots their neighbor in the head, whether provoked or not, needs to be removed from society. Glad to hear the victim made a full recovery.
Jay October 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Of course there was a reason STEPHANY, but the assailant is unwilling to reveal what that is. That action alone speaks volumes.
stephany October 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
don't tell me, tell billy D

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