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Prosecutors drop appeal against Goodman’s sentence

The prosecution withdrew its appeal seeking a higher sentence for convicted murderer Kofhe Goodman yesterday.

Goodman, who is also known as Edwardo Ferguson, was sentenced to 55 years’ imprisonment in 2018 for the murder of Marco Archer.

The Crown had sought the death penalty for the 43-year-old convict.

Prosecutor Cordell Frazier informed the Court of Appeal that a notice of withdrawal had been filed and asked for the matter to be struck out.

Goodman has also filed an appeal challenging his conviction.

Justice of Appeal Jon Isaacs directed the court’s registrar to appoint Goodman a lawyer for the appeal.

Goodman next returns to court on November 13 for a status hearing.

Archer was kidnapped and murdered in September 2011.

Police found the 11-year-old’s naked body dumped in bushes near Goodman’s home, a week after he vanished while running an errand for his mother.

Goodman has been convicted of Archer’s murder twice.

The Court of Appeal in 2016 quashed his death sentence and conviction after finding that pre-trial publicity and the conduct of his attorney made his trial unfair.

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