Villamor-Goubeaux to serve 3 years probation

The mother who fled with daughter to Las Vegas ordered to surrender passports and pay restitution

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY —On Tuesday, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Eva Villamor-Goubeaux, 39, of Columbus, to three years of community control for fifth degree felony interference of custody.

Villamor-Goubeaux was found guilty of fifth degree felony interference of custody during a court trial last September.

The sentence was continued from earlier this month due to restitution which was determined to be $1,570.74 to be paid to her ex-husband Michael Goubeaux.

Judge Gee said Villamor-Goubeaux showed no signs of true remorse for her conduct when she took the couple’s then four-year old daughter out of the state and made no efforts to contact her ex-husband for nearly three months.

Judge Gee also ordered Villamor-Goubeaux to surrender her Philippines passport. Villamor-Goubeaux’s attorney stated she had destroyed her Philippines passport after she became a U.S. citizen. Judge Gee then ordered Villamor-Goubeaux to apply for a Philippines passport and to submit proof of being denied the passport or to surrender the passport if it was approved. She has 60 days to complete the order and provide proof to the probation department.

She was also ordered to be employed, abide by a curfew and participate in probation programs and pay court costs. If Villamor-Goubeaux fails to comply with the court order, Judge Gee reserved 12 months in prison.

Villamor-Goubeaux was located and arrested by U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 27, 2014, on a Miami County Sheriff’s Office warrant. The child was last seen by the father on Nov. 24, 2013, after a scheduled visitation. The child, then age 4, and Villamor-Goubeaux were extradited back to Ohio, from Las Vegas by the Troy Police Department. The mother and child were living with her mother and Villamor-Goubeaux was to begin working as a home health aide. Villamor-Goubeaux also took the child to New Jersey during the time period. Judge Gee ordered Villamor-Goubeaux to forfeit her U.S. passport following the verdict.

In other court news:

Bowen Trial Rescheduled

The murder trial for Frank Bowen has been rescheduled to begin on Jan. 12, 2016. The five day jury retrial was scheduled to begin on Nov. 16, but was rescheduled due a medical issue.

On Oct. 23, 2014, Bowen was arrested for the death of Joseph Graley III, 31, of New Carlisle. Graley was found deceased under a brush pile in the backyard of his home on Scarff Road by Miami County Sheriff’s Office officials on Oct. 23. Bowen was at the home at the time of Graley’s alleged disappearance. Experts testified that Graley was killed by blunt force trauma to the back of the skull. A mini sledge hammer was found near the body with both Graley and Bowen’s DNA on the handle.

Bowen’s first trial ended with a hung jury on Aug. 4 after two days of deliberations. The jury found Bowen guilty of felony safe cracking, but failed to reach a verdict for murder, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Inmate charged with abduction for jail incident

On Tuesday, David B. Matthews, 31, of Troy, was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on one count of third degree felonious abduction for attempting to close a female corrections officer into a closet at the Incarceration Facility on Nov. 15.

Matthews bond was set for $25,000.

According to reports, the corrections officer entered the pod closet to retrieve cleaning products when Matthews tried to slam the closet door shut . The officer was able to wedge her foot in the door while calling for backup. An inmate removed Matthews from the door and restrained him on the floor before another officer was able to come to her aid.
The mother who fled with daughter to Las Vegas ordered to surrender passports and pay restitution

By Melanie Yingst

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