Ocean Springs man gets 53 years for beating, robbing woman in her home


JACKSON COUNTY -- An Ocean Springs man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 53 years in prison in a case where three masked people are accused in the beating of a woman in her home and theft of prescription medication and money, officials said.

John Jennings Goodenough, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated assault, robbery and burglary of an inhabited dwelling, said District Attorney Tony Lawrence in a press release.

Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Goodenough to a total of 53 years, the maximum penalty of 15 years for robbery and 19 years each for aggravated assault and burglary. Krebs also ordered him to pay $3,350 in fines.

The home invasion was reported Jan. 7, 2013, in the 7100 block of Oakhurst Drive in the St. Andrews community.

Then-Sheriff Mike Byrd told the Sun Herald three people entered the home with a knife and an object believed to be a tire iron. A woman at the home was assaulted, he said. She reported prescription medication and cash were taken from her.

On Jan. 19, Jackson County deputies arrested Goodenough and Bryce Adam Francis, 33, both of the 7300 block of Tucker Road, and Jimi Denee Sanders, 25, of the 8100 block of Seaman Road.

"People have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes," Lawrence said. "This case is yet another example of the ongoing problem addiction to prescription drugs are causing in our society."

Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn commended the Sheriff's Department for its efforts: "They continued to work to bring the defendant back to Jackson County after he fled to Connecticut after his arrest."

Of the two others accused in the case, Lawrence said one's case is pending and one is awaiting extradition from Louisiana.

Robin Fitzgerald, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.