The U.S. Attorney's office filed a motion Monday to dismiss the indictment against Robert Scott Goodin in exchange for his compliance with the agreement requiring him to get appropriate psychological counseling. The motion is awaiting final approval by a federal judge. He has been released on a $10,000 bond following hearing held last Friday in U.S. District Court in Oxford.
Goodin was indicted in March on one count of transmitting threats by interstate commerce and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
Court documents show he allegedly threatened to use knives and swords to stage a violent attack at the library. The threats were made during online conversations from Nov. 22, 2012 through Jan. 14, 2013, with an unidentified library employee .
The suspect confessed to making the threats in an interview with an FBI investigator, saying he was hearing the voice of a demon inside him telling him to kill and he wasn't sure how much longer he could continue to resist. The confession was included in court documents supporting the indictment.
Under the terms of the pretrial diversion agreement, Goodin must enroll in a program of psychological counseling as directed by the U.S. Probation Service. He must also maintain a fixed place of residence and is not allowed to visit the George E. Allen Library or leave the Northern District of Mississippi. He is also prohibited to have any contact with the library employee to which he made the threats or her family.
He is also prohibited from using alcohol and from possessing any weapon. He must submit to testing for alcohol and illegal drugs and will remain under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Service.
If Goodin fails to comply with any of the terms of the agreement, the U.S. Attorney retains the right to reinstate the prosecution against him on the charge in the indictment.
Goodin had faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 followed by up to three years of post-release supervision if convicted on the charge.