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Wed., July 21, 2010, 9 a.m.

Heroin near school leads to federal prison

Three Spokane heroin addicts will spend between three and seven years in federal prison after being charged with distributing the drug within 1,000 feet of a school.

Richard J. Bordwell, 48; his girlfriend, 53-year-old Susan L. Goin and her 30-year-old son, Lonnie Roid Goin II, were arrested in March after a raid at 807 E. Augusta Ave., #2, which is about a block from St. Aloysius School.

Bordwell, who had several drug convictions in Spokane County, pleaded guilty to five federal drug charges and received 84 months in prison earlier this month.

Susan Goin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in a deal that dropped the drug distribution near a school charge and gave her three years in prison, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court last week.

Lonnie Goin took the same plea as his mother and was sentenced to five years in prison and will be on probation for 15 years after his release.

The youngest Goin began injecting heroin at age 11 because of his interest Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain, according to a sentencing memorandum. He "only vaguely remembers" fathering a child at age 14 but remember his mother, now wheelchair bound with dental problems, telling him the 'might as well" do heroin together after he flunked drug rehab at age 19 or 20, according to the memo.

"Considering what effect his parents have had on him can only cause a person to shake their head in disgust. Where was the love and nurturing from them?" wrote Goin's layer, John Nollette. "How did he obtain the serious mental deficiencies? Pre or post-natal? Likely, no one can truly answer those questions. But, as they say, life must go on."

Bordwell and the Goins are in Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to federal prison.

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