Teen who helped friend savagely murder teacher over a bad grade sobs, bleeds from the nose ahead of receiving life sentence

An Iowa teenager wept and bled Wednesday just before being sentenced to life in prison for aiding and abetting the murder of her classmate and beloved high school Spanish teacher Nohema Graber in 2021. Jeremy Goodale, 18, and his girlfriend’s friend, Willard Miller, ambushed Graeber and bludgeoned her to death with her baseball bat. Her body was then dumped in Fairfield’s Chautauqua Park for allegedly giving Ms. Miller her bad grades and hurting her chances of participating in a study abroad program.

Neither boy could agree on who ultimately killed the 66-year-old teacher, but both pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.

Goodale, who was 16 at the time of the killing, was prevented from firing in juvenile court in May by a ruling by Judge Sean Showers. Instead, he was tried as an adult.

Miller, who Showers characterized as an “evil and sinister” force, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years, five years longer than prosecutors had requested, while Goodale was eligible for parole after 25 years. qualifications will be obtained.

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Blaze News previously reported that Graeber, a mother of three, was a Spanish teacher at Fairfield High School.

Fairfield Schools Superintendent Lori Knoll said Graber “impacted the lives of so many students, parents and staff.”
report Des Moines Register.

Graeber’s family
was suggested She was a “female angel” with “one of the kindest souls”. In addition to her teaching, she worked as a flight attendant and earned her commercial airline pilot’s license.

On Nov. 2, Graeber met with Miller to discuss his poor performance in Spanish class. After the meeting, she drove the van to Chautauqua Park off Mediapolis Boulevard for her customary after-school walk. Goodale and Miller ambushed her in her park, dragged her into the woods, and then murdered her.

when plead guilty In April, Miller claimed he only acted as a lookout while Goodale killed Graeber. But Mr Goodale, in contradictory accounts, suggested that Mr Miller delivered the first blow to the back of the victim’s head, then realized she was still alive and finished her work.

Goodale Said“I met Willard Miller at Chautauqua Park, and I understood that he had the intention of killing Mrs. Graber. After bringing a bat and hitting Nohema Graeber, we then moved her out of the road and hit her there, resulting in her death. Then we took all the evidence we could. I removed everything.”

The two were seen by a witness driving out of the park 45 minutes later, with Miller behind the wheel of the victim’s van and Goodale in a Ford pickup truck. After ditching the van at the end of a country road, Miller returned to Goodale’s car.

Around midnight on November 2nd, a witness spotted a man pushing a wheelbarrow towards the park.

Graeber’s disfigured body was discovered on November 3, 2021, hidden under a tarp, a wheelbarrow, and railroad ties in Chautauqua Park.


On the first day of Goodale’s trial, prosecutors presented evidence of Snapchat messages in which Goodale effectively confessed to killing Graeber along with Miller. Miller was motivated by poor grades in Spanish, while Goodale was said to have been motivated by a desire to support a friend.
report KTVO-TV.

A video was played in court in which Goodale told investigators, “I didn’t want to touch the bat in the first place, but then I thought she was still alive and I heard her gasping for breath, so I waited a little bit.” he said.And she was going to wait a little bit to see where she was. [Miller] I was about to check to see if he would come back. he didn’t. ”

Mr. Goodale suggested that he hit Mr. Graber five times with the bat, but maintained that Mr. Miller was the one who brought the bat to him first.

The killer’s father, Dean Goodale, and the defense tried to paint Jeremy Goodale as a troubled soul, suggesting his parents’ divorce during the pandemic left him with “abandonment” issues. These issues are said to have created feelings of codependency, leading Goodale to assist in Miller’s murder and haphazard cover-up.

Before receiving his life sentence, Goodale apologized to the victim’s family, his own family and the wider community.

“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. I can never replace what was taken from me,” the killer said, sobbing under his breath. “Every day I wish I could go back in time and stop myself and prevent this loss and pain I caused everyone.”

“And Dad, I’m sorry I let you down in so many ways,” Goodale added.

After addressing the court, Goodale began having a nosebleed. As he dammed up the red-hot flood, he listened as prosecutors emphasized that the last thing the victim saw before he died was his smile.

Judge Showers noted that Goodale was less of a sinister force than Miller, saying, “Although you were older than Mr. Miller, it was clear to me that you were less mature than he was and that you Mr. Miller was far more sinister.”
report Des Moines Register.

“Unlike your co-defendants, it is clear that you regret your role in Ms. Graeber’s murder,” Showers added.

However, the judge noted that Goodale was an intelligent child and had the cognitive ability to prevent the plan from coming to fruition.
report Associated Press.

Still, Showers wished Goodale the best of luck in his rehabilitation efforts.

Some of the victim’s family members have similarly expressed their hope that the boy can turn his life around.

Jim Graber, the victim’s brother-in-law, said: “I want you to know that I pray for your continued journey to find God, and I pray for your safety and salvation.” ” he said.
report Washington Post.

“I think Jeremy committed one of the most heinous acts I’ve ever seen in Jefferson County, but that doesn’t mean he can receive proper treatment and programs,” said Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Mauding. We don’t talk about who you can be.”

Spanish teacher’s murderer cries and suffers nosebleed while apologizing for

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