A man will serve life in prison after violently attacking another man last June. A Louisa judge sentenced Chad Goins to life plus 40 years.
Goins and two other men are accused of beating Steve Minor. He barely survived the attack. Goins has a long record with serious felony offenses. That's one reason he faces such severe punishment.
A photo used as evidence in the case shows serious cuts and bruises scarring Minor's swollen face.
On Father's Day last year, investigators say 34-year-old Chad Goins, his nephew Sedrick, and Jason McDonald abducted and lured Minor into an alley and beat him until he was nearly dead.
Court files show he had serious, almost deadly injuries to his skull - leaving him incompetent to testify at trial.
"We take any crimes of violence very serious," said Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire. "Mr. Goins had a particularly bad record which is why we asked for such a severe punishment in this case to make sure he is not a danger to others in the future."
In court, the judge pointed out Goins had up to nine felony offenses and dozens of misdemeanor convictions leading up to the violent attack. Investigators did not determine a motive but say the men knew each other. Goins' sister was also dating Steve Minor at the time.
"Whenever you have a violent crime in a community, it shocks you - especially so in Louisa County," Goins noted.
Minor's relative spoke to NBC12 shortly after the crime.
"How could anybody do a human being like this?" said his cousin who didn't want to be identified.
It's a beating that has permanently affected Minor the rest of his life. As for the other two men convicted, McDonald was sentenced to 26 years, and 18-year-old Sedrick Goins will have his hearing in December.
Investigators say the men didn't use any weapons to injure Minor, but they say text messages show they planned to murder him.
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