An elderly homeless man has been sentenced to a month in jail for attacking a mother and her son with his cane.
The man, James Robert Goff, 74, was sentenced by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment. He is to have no contact with his victims once he is out of jail on probation.
His jail time comes after police were dispatched to apartments on Oriole Drive to answer a disturbance. When they arrived they found the battered and bruised victims in the parking lot.
“They said Mr. Goff had come to their apartment and was drunk,” McMinnville policeman Austin Wortman said in his warrant. “They had picked Mr. Goff up from a homeless shelter one week before and he had been staying at their apartment.”
The victims told police once Goff became intoxicated he became belligerent and began cussing them. The conflict then became physical.
“He started to hit him with his cane and made a number of marks on his arms,” Wortman said, noting Goff then turned his ire toward the woman. “He turned on her and hit her a number of times in the chest, legs and arms.”
The officer said there were welts, bruises and blood patches visible from where Goff had wielded his cane as a weapon. He did not deny his actions to police.
“He did state that he did hit them with his cane,” Wortman recalled, adding the suspect had a strong odor of alcohol on him.