Man convicted 17 years after victim beaten to death, set on fire

Man convicted 17 years after victim beaten to death, set on fire (Image 1)
Man convicted 17 years after victim beaten to death, set on fire (Image 1)

A Nashville man was convicted on Wednesday 17 years after beating a woman to death and setting her on fire.

James Washington will spend at least 51 years behind bars for the 1995 death of Joyce Goodner.

The 35-year-old woman was found dead by firefighters inside an abandoned home on Ashland City Highway.

Authorities said Goodner had been stabbed, beaten to death, rolled in a rug and set on fire.

Washington is currently jailed on a 15 year sentence for a 2006 attempted second-degree murder conviction.

Washington is said to have confessed to Goodner's murder while being hospitalized in 2009.

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