Man gets 12 years for trying to murder neighbor

Robert Goin sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shooting his neighbor in 2015

Robert Simms Goin, November 22, 2016
Robert Simms Goin, November 22, 2016

ST. HELENS, Ore. (KOIN) – A judge sentenced a 72-year-old man to 12.5 years in prison for the attempted murder of his neighbor.

Robert Goin was convicted during a jury trial of attempted murder, first-degree assault with a firearm, and two count of unlawful use of a weapon.

His defense attorney asked the court for 7.5 years in prison.

Evidence at trial showed that in March 2015, Goin left his home armed with a Taurus .380 pistol with the intent to confront “kill the kid.”

Investigators learned that Goin had been having troubles with the neighborhood kids.

Things came to a head on March 27, 2015.

Goin began to confront people and started yelling “I hate you” and “I’m going to kill you.” At one point, he started empting his pockets and yelled “I am going to kill you; I have hated you for a long time.”

At that point, Albert Schneider, 74, was inside his house watching the confrontation from his living room. He exited his home and started talking with Goin.

The two men got into an altercation. Schneider told detectives that he was defending himself from Goin who was becoming more aggressive.

Witnesses told detectives that Goin took out a semi-automatic pistol and fired twice. One shot missed Schneider and the other hit him in abdomen.

A separate neighbor held Goin in a wrist lock until police and sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Police also recovered a Hi-Point 9mm pistol.