According to court documents, an Iowa teenager who took the life of his Spanish teacher has been handed a life sentence in prison. Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Goodale were both 16 years old when they committed the murder of Nohema Graber in 2021. Both individuals pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree murder.
After a seven-hour hearing, Miller received his sentence as confirmed by Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding. Moulding stated in an email to CNN, “Considering the gruesome and horrific circumstances of this case, I believe the sentence was fair and appropriate, and justice has been served. This sentiment is generally shared by the Graber family and the Fairfield community.”
As per court documents, Miller will be eligible for parole after a period of 35 years. On the other hand, Jeremy Goodale’s sentencing is scheduled for August 23, as indicated in Jefferson County records. Goodale’s legal team requested a delay for a psychiatric evaluation.
Nohema Graber was a teacher at Fairfield High School. Her remains were discovered in Chautauqua Park in Fairfield, Iowa, on the same day she was reported missing, according to authorities. The remains were found concealed under a tarp, wheelbarrow, and railroad ties. A criminal complaint revealed that she had suffered severe head trauma.