July 20, 2018
District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Donald Godsey for California Penal Code section 273.5 - Domestic Violence with Injury.
On July 19, 2018, an El Dorado County jury convicted Donald Godsey of Domestic Violence with Injury, a misdemeanor. The jury deliberated for approximately forty-five minutes after hearing testimony from the victim, an EDSO Deputy, an EDSO Sergeant, and two Tribal Security Officers.
On September 23, 2016, tribal security received a phone call from the victim in this case, Donald Godsey's wife of 31 years, requesting help because her husband had beaten her. The victim was located at her residence by tribal security. The victim was crying and had visible bruising to her left forearm. At that time, tribal security alerted the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office who took over the investigation. The investigation revealed that Mr. Godsey had been drinking heavily before fighting with his wife and ultimately slapping her across the face. Mr. Godsey then attempted to punch his wife in the face, missing and ultimately hitting the wall. Thereafter, he attempted to pull his wife to her feet, causing the bruising to her left forearm.
During the trial, the jury received evidence of three prior instances of domestic violence perpetrated by Mr. Godsey against his wife. The jury also received expert testimony from EDSO Deputy Muckerheide regarding the Cycle of Violence and Battered Women's Syndrome.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kassie Cardullo and investigated by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, and Shingle Springs Tribal Police. The Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian presided over the jury trial and will sentence Mr. Godsey on July 27, 2018 in Department 2.