Old Town women sentenced to 19 years for death of her 3-year-old daughter

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 12:38 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2022 at 5:34 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - An Old Town woman will spend 19 years behind bars for the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

Hillary Goding, 29, was sentenced Friday in a Bangor courtroom.

Goding was indicted on murder and manslaughter charges, but as a result of a plea deal, the murder charge was dropped.

She was arrested in June of last year after her daughter, Hailey, was pronounced dead at a Bangor hospital.

Court records showed she had fentanyl in her system when she died.

During the trial Goding accepted responsibility for her actions and apologized to her family.

“I’m sorry mom. I’m sorry (unintelligible). I love you both so much. And I want you to know grateful I am that you are here today,” said Goding.

“Judge imposed the sentence midway between our respective recommendations. Not uncommon. We would have liked to have seen him fully agreeable with us, but we’re pleased that he wasn’t fully agreeable with the state,” said Jeff Silverstein, attorney.

“There was a range that we were you know, that we were knew that we would fall between one end or the other. Do I hope I did. I wish it was a little on the higher end I do, but I appreciate the judge taking the time and listening to all the arguments and, you know, coming to a decision,” said Lisa Bogue, office of the attorney general

Goding was also sentenced to serve six years of probation.