Restitution set for teen’s deathMichael Reisenauer, who was convicted of negligent homicide for shooting a Dickinson teen, must pay $3,791 to his victim’s family.
Michael Reisenauer, who was convicted of negligent homicide for shooting a Dickinson teen, must pay $3,791 to his victim’s family.
“We believe this is a reasonable amount,” Kevin McCabe, Reisenauer’s attorney said at a hearing Tuesday morning.
Kyle Goodbird, 19, died in July 2009 after Reisenauer shot him in the chest with a rifle in a Dickinson apartment, according to court records.
“In a case like this, where a family has lost a loved one, real restitution can never be made,” Judge H. Patrick Weir said. “We’re left with trying to reimburse the family for its expenses concerning the burial of Mr. Goodbird and related expenses.”
Stark County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Hope said after negotiations, an agreement was made between Reisenauer, McCabe and Goodbird’s family.
The restitution covers a part of the funeral cost, his monument and grave cover, Hope said.
“In terms of pain and suffering, emotional trauma and those sorts of things, that’s appropriate for a civil action,” Hope said after the hearing. “That’s beyond the scope of what we’re permitted to do in criminal court.”
He didn’t know if such action is planned.
Reisenauer will begin making payments until after he is released from prison and has three years to do so. He was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison on July 27.
Reisenauer will be expected to make $100 payments per month.
Reisenauer was charged with murder, but a jury found him guilty of negligent homicide in April.
At Reisenauer’s sentencing, Weir said he didn’t impose the maximum sentence of 10 years because Reisenauer was provoked and doesn’t have an extensive criminal history.
Witnesses say Goodbird was acting aggressively and barricaded Reisenauer in a storage room. Reisenauer allegedly told Goodbird to leave, counted down and shot him, according to previous hearings.
After Reisenauer was convicted, Weir ordered a presentence investigation which uncovered past “very reckless, abusive and dangerous behaviors, escalating to homicide,” Weir said at his sentencing.