Hoosick Falls woman sentenced for striking, killing man in 2012


TROY -- The sentencing of a local woman Monday for criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident was described by some as very "emotional."

Becky Goodermote, of Hoosick Falls, was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison for a September 2012 incident, during Labor Day weekend, which resulted in the death of Matthew Ratelle of Petersburgh around Christmas of 2012.

Goodermote struck Ratelle while he was riding a bicycle on Route 22 in Hoosick Falls. He later succumbed to his injuries, said acting District Attorney Art Glass following the sentencing on Monday before Judge Debra Young.

Michael Jurena, Goodermote's attorney, said that his client stopped and did not see anyone in the roadway. Ratelle had been thrown into a nearby field.

He noted that it had been alleged Goodermote had taken prescription drugs before the incident.

"She does not recall what happened," said Junera, who said that Goodermote had prescriptions for the drugs she had been taking for sleep apnea and fibromyalgia. "She made a lot of mistakes and she recognizes that she should not have been driving."

In lieu of a trial, Goodermote, a mother of a 10-year-old daughter, pled guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in a death and to criminally negligent homicide. She had been facing harsher charges, including manslaughter. She had also faced a prior issue in Vermont which had resulted in probation, Jurena said.

"A lot of words of hurt were spoken today," said Jurena. "The victim's family was very distraught and airing it all out today. There was nothing she could say to make it all better."

"This is a fair result," said Glass. "But no sentence will ever truly be able to comfort the victim's family or make up for their loss."

Goodermote's sentence began immediately following the sentencing in Rensselaer County Court. The case was handled by ADA Michael Shanley.


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