Q: Any update on the Gary Lyle Goins’ murder trial in Josephine County, Oregon?
A: Former El Dorado County resident Gary Lyle Goins was convicted May 19 of the 2011 slayings of his brother and sister-in-law at their home in Grants Pass, Ore.
The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported that Goins, 62, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without possibility of parole in a deal with prosecutors, reached during the penalty phase of the trial, that allowed him to avoid a possible death penalty. He was convicted of four counts of aggravated murder and one count of first-degree robbery in the death of his brother Dennis Goins, 63, a retired Silicon Valley software executive, and sister-in-law Susan Goins.
The two were found dead at their home Oct. 24, 2011, after Susan Goins failed to show up for work. Investigators said they believed the couple were killed several days earlier.
Gary Goins subsequently was arrested by El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies, acting on information provided by Josephine County sheriff’s detectives.
He reportedly killed the couple because he was upset with his brother over an inheritance dispute.