An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast ‘S-Town’ pleaded guilty to criminal charges linked to events that occurred in the series.
Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Tyler Goodson pleaded guilty Monday to a felony burglary charge and two misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal trespassing.
Jackson said Goodson will receive a 10-year suspended sentence and spend five years on probation under an agreement.
Neither Goodson nor a defense lawyer immediately returned messages seeking comment.
S-Town’s Tyler Goodson (pictured), of Alabama, pleaded guilty on Monday to a felony burglary charge and two misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal trespassing
Goodson (pictured) was named in a multi-count indictment alleging he took lumber, old vehicles and a laptop computer from the property of his friend John B. McLemore, the main character in ‘S-Town
Last month, Judge Don McMillan refused to move Goodson’s trial.
Defense attorneys J.D. Terry and Cedrick Coleman asked McMillan to relocate the case arguing that the popularity of ‘S-Town’ makes it impossible for Goodson, 26, of Woodstock to get a fair trial on charges linked to events in the podcast.
The judge also refused a defense request to dismiss multiple, identical charges alleging Goodson illegally trespassed on McLemore’s property.
Separately, a judge in neighboring Jefferson County last month dismissed charges of domestic violence, burglary and child endangerment filed against Goodson in February alleging he broke into an estranged girlfriend’s home in 2015 waving a gun and making threats. The alleged victim did not want the case to go forward.
Goodson was named in a multi-count indictment alleging he took lumber, old vehicles and a laptop computer from the property of his friend John B. McLemore, the main character in ‘S-Town.’
Jackson says McMillan will hold a hearing later on whether Goodson has to pay restitution.
Bibb County is the setting for the hit podcast ‘S-Town,’ with the ‘S’ standing for a vulgar word for excrement. The seven-part show was produced by Serial Productions of the similarly popular podcast ‘Serial’ and ‘This American Life.’
Downloaded more than 40 million times in 114 countries since its release in late March, ‘S-Town’ is the first podcast to reach that level of distribution so quickly, according to Podtrac, which analyzes podcasts.
More than three-quarters of those downloads were in the United States, with the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia rounding out the top four.
The podcast focuses on the towns of Woodstock and Green Pond, where strangers now stop by occasionally to take selfies at locations from the show or put a dime atop the grave of the main character, McLemore, who committed suicide by drinking cyanide before the show came out.
S-Town tells the story of an alleged murder and another death, and winds up focusing on John McLemore’s tortured relationship with the town of Woodstock, his own inner demons, and Goodson (pictured)
Goodson (pictured) will receive a 10-year suspended sentence and spend five years on probation under an agreement
McLemore was a Bibb County native who sent an email to producers of the ‘This American Life’ podcast with the subject line of ‘John B McLemore lives in S-town, Alabama’.
S-Town tells the story of an alleged murder and another death, and winds up focusing on McLemore’s tortured relationship with the town of Woodstock, his own inner demons, and Goodson.
If any place has become a pilgrimage site for fans, it is McLemore’s grave, atop a hill just inside the gate to Green Pond Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Goodson made McLemore’s tombstone, which has been decorated with coins, stones, a note, trinkets and a 45-rpm record in the weeks after S-Town was released.
S-Town took shape when Brian Reed, an investigative journalist and This American Life producer, agreed to meet McLemore five years ago to examine an unsolved murder.
Reed established that the murder never happened but developed a close friendship with the mercurial clock restorer who killed himself in June 2015 on the front porch of his rural Alabama home.
Rather than abandoning his project, Reed began piecing together the labyrinthine mysteries of McLemore’s eccentric life, from the giant hedge maze he built on his land to the rumored hoard of gold he buried beneath it.
The setting for this twisting, turning narrative is S-Town, McLemore’s unflattering nickname for his tiny hometown of Woodstock, where Goodson says he is public enemy number one.