Man Who Killed Auburn Mother Sentenced To Life In Prison

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AUBURN, Mass. – A man who killed a mother of five from Auburn in 2008 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday after a Worcester Superior Court jury found William J. Goddard guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of  Kelly Brackley, his ex-girlfriend.

Judge Richard Tucker imposed the mandatory life-without-parole sentence for  Goddard, 42, of Worcester, after the jury returned with its verdict.

Brackley, a 30-year-old mother of five from Auburn, died on Jan. 28, 2008, after being shot by Goddard at Action Crash Parts in Webster, where she worked. 

Goddard also shot Yograj Shivdasani, who was in a relationship with Brackley and was her boss at the parts store.

Goddard fled after the shootings and was arrested eight hours later in a field in Berlin.

In addition to first-degree murder, he was also found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of armed assault to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and three weapons charges. He was found not guilty of six counts of armed assault to murder. 

He was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated kidnapping, 18-20 years in prison for armed assault to murder, 9-10 years for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 4-5 years for assault with a dangerous weapon, 4-5 years for possession of a firearm with a serial number defaced and possession of a firearm without an FID card and two years in the House of Correction of possession of ammunition without an FID card. All of the sentences are to run concurrently.

“This conviction brings to a conclusion a horrible nightmare for the family,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early. “This was great work by (Assistant District Attorney) Tom Landry and the prosecution team. The state police detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Air Wing, Webster, Berlin, Spencer, Northborough and Worcester Police contributed to this successful prosecution.”

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