Shane Goldsby: Man gets 25 years for killing pedophile who raped his sister in prison

Shane Goldsby, 26, broke down in tears as he apologized to the family of Robert Munger, the convicted pedophile he assaulted and killed inside jail


                            Shane Goldsby: Man gets 25 years for killing pedophile who raped his sister in prison
Shane Goldsby and Robert Munger (Kelso Police Department)

A convicted police car thief was sentenced to almost 25 years behind bars on Tuesday, August 3, after he murdered a 70-year-old child rapist who had reportedly previously attacked his younger sister.

Shane Goldsby, 26, broke down in tears as he apologized to the family of Robert Munger, the convicted pedophile he assaulted and killed inside Airway Heights Corrections Center in Washington on June 2, 2020. Before being sentenced, Goldsby attempted to read from a prepared statement. However, he was unable to finish the same as he became overwhelmed with emotion. His attorney had to ultimately finish it. "I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in this kind of way,” the statement read. “To his wife and his whole family I apologize. I am so sorry and I hope you are able to heal from what I caused.” He was sentenced to 298 months in prison, just under 25 years. 

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How did Shane Goldsby murder Robert Munger?

Goldsby was originally serving time for stealing a law enforcement vehicle in 2017 which led to an extensive police chase and injured a State Trooper who crashed into their vehicle. Last year, Goldsby told KHQ last year that he killed Munger because the latter raped his younger sister. The outlet later verified the information after learning that Munger was in prison serving a 43-year sentence for child rape and his victims included Goldsby’s sister, who was still a minor.

Goldsby has previously claimed that he was not seeking revenge for his sister or family after he found God in 2019. However, he felt he was put in an unfair and impossible position after he was forced to share a cell with Munger. While the pair chared a jail cell, Munger would describe his crimes in graphic detail and also discussed pictures he had of the sexual acts. "He kept... giving me details about what happened and what he did. About the photos and videos of him doing this stuff, and it was building up," Goldsby said.  

Last summer, Goldsby ended up attacking Munger in a communal area of the Corrections Center, where he "[hit] Munger in the face and head area about 14 times, (stomped) on his head at least four times and (kicked) a couple more times before walking away and being taken into custody by Airway Heights Corrections Guards." The attack was captured on surveillance footage. Munger died from his injuries three days later. 

Golby's request for different cellmate was denied

Goldby later said that his request of changing his cellmate was ignored after he learned who Munger was. “I had so much stuff going on in my head,” he said. “I wasn’t stable at that point. I wasn’t. I was getting to that point, because (Munger) kept wanting to give me details about what happened, what he did – about the photos and the videos of him doing this stuff. It was building up. I was questioning things on what was going on, 'Why is all this going on?' But as I said, I gave my life to God in 2019. I quit gangbanging. I was doing good. You put me in the same cell as this dude. I feel set up. I'm the victim."

He added that he would have preferred to see Munger spend the rest of his life in jail and his only intention was to hurt him, not kill him. The Washington Department of Corrections' policy of cellmate should have prevented Munger and Goldsby from sharing the same cell. However, an independent investigation into the matter found that screeners had no knowledge of any connection between the pair. 

“There was no clear indication in the documentation regularly reviewed for housing assignments that there was a potential conflict,” State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie told the Associated Press. "The Airway Heights Corrections Center is conducting its own administrative investigation into this situation and is cooperating with law enforcement and the courts on the criminal matter,” she added to KHQ.

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