ST. GEORGE — Nathan Zimmerman, an 83-year-old Parowan resident, pleaded guilty on Sept. 16 to fatally shooting is step-daughter.
Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett said now that Zimmerman has pleaded guilty to the charges facing him, a presentencing investigation, or PSI, will be conducted to allow officials access to more information about Zimmerman.
“So that is referred to Adult Probation and Parole to prepare a (PSI) about his background and history,” Garrett said. “They will make a recommendation as to what they think the sentence should be.”
There is not much left to argue in this case since the charges carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison , Garrett said. Zimmerman will not be given the option for any probation and the sentence is pretty much set.
In a probable cause statement supporting Zimmerman’s arrest, Iron County Sheriff’s Detective David Mitchell wrote that on July 10 officers responded to Zimmerman’s home after a woman called 911 and said her daughter had been shot.
In the statement, Mitchell wrote that once on scene, officers found 57-year-old Janet Colleen Goode fatally wounded in the driveway.
Goode was pronounced dead at the scene and Zimmerman was taken into custody for questioning, according to the statement. Zimmerman then waived his right to have an attorney present during his questioning.
Zimmerman admitted he had planned to kill Goode and no one else, Mitchell wrote. Zimmerman said as Goode was walking towards his home, he waited until she was within firing range, picked up his loaded shotgun and shot her once in the chest.
Court documents also indicate that Zimmerman’s wife had filed for divorce on July 10, the same day as the shooting.
Zimmerman is currently incarcerated in the Iron County Jail. Sentencing on his case is set for Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.
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