In 2015, when Elwin Michael Goodpipe was released from prison, he had plenty of opportunity to alter his life’s path.
He had a supportive and stable mother and stepfather wanting to help him. He was doing well in his education and was thought to have the capacity to pursue a career in carpentry. He’d reportedly left gang life. And, perhaps most importantly, he had a young daughter with whom he said he wished to reconnect.
Instead, within seven months, Goodpipe would be implicated in a robbery that led to the shooting death of 56-year-old Andre Joseph Aubertin.
Goodpipe’s choices during that time are among the reasons forensic psychiatrist Dr. Todd Tomita found the 36-year-old remains a high risk to reoffend violently — with no immediate hope of change.
“That was the best opportunity that Mr. Goodpipe would have had, and it’s been lost,” Tomita said.
The psychiatrist took the stand on Tuesday at Goodpipe’s dangerous offender hearing at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench. The Crown is asking the court to impose an indeterminate sentence, referencing Goodpipe’s lengthy record of violence —which now includes two homicides.
In 2006, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2004 death of 44-year-old Wayne Gerald Friday. He’d initially been charged with first-degree murder but the Crown accepted a plea to the lesser charge since Goodpipe hadn’t played as large a role as some of the other men involved.
Friday was badly beaten, forced into the trunk of a car and shot twice. The vehicle and Friday’s body were set on fire and abandoned on the Piapot First Nation.
The offence for which Goodpipe is now to be sentenced occurred on March 29, 2016 when he and another man hatched a plan to rob Aubertin at his Regina home. Court heard Goodpipe’s accomplice brought a shotgun which went off during the incident, fatally wounding Aubertin.
Even though Goodpipe didn’t wield the gun himself, he was found guilty of manslaughter as a party to the offence.
Tomita said the fact Goodpipe wasn’t the shooter does not impact his overall assessment, noting he still opted to participate in a robbery — one that carried the risk of significant injury or death.
Likewise, while Goodpipe’s role in the Friday homicide wasn’t as great as others, Tomita said it nonetheless shows something about his capacity to involve himself in that type of offence or with people — in that case gang members —more likely to commit such offences.
Tomita said Goodpipe didn’t express to him any particular feeling for the people he’s hurt, and the psychiatrist said he diagnosed the man with anti-social personality disorder.
While the personality disorder contributes to Goodpipe’s risk to reoffend, Tomita said the risk could be lessened if he controls his addictions problem.
Although Tomita said he believes Goodpipe could complete rehabilitative programs, he held out less hope it would translate into significant future change or would allow for effective management of his risk in the community.
“I think he is treatable in the sense that he will probably enter and complete programming,” he said. “But I think there’s a low likelihood that it will lead to a risk reduction.”
The hearing continues Wednesday.