7 life terms for mass killing at Oakland university

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh was sentenced July 14 to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 271 years to life in state prison for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago.

Goh, 48, a Korean national, said in a statement read in court by his attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Klaus, that he hopes that the fact that he will spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison “will bring some degree of closure” to the victims’ families.

Goh said, “I understand the terrible and devastating impact this has had on the victims’ families and the community.”

Goh, who was dressed in a light brown T-shirt and sported glasses and long hair that was turning gray, said in the statement, “I’m very sorry and will carry this shame forever.”

Goh pleaded no contest on May 2 to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder as well as the special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a kidnapping and committing multiple murders for the shooting at Oikos, a Christian vocational school located near Oakland International Airport, on April 2, 2012.

Goh’s plea agreement came only two weeks after doctors determined that after receiving years of treatment at Napa State Hospital he had been restored to competency and could face a trial.

Killed in the shooting were students Lydia Sim, 21, Sonam Choedon, 33, Grace Kim, 23, Doris Chibuko, 40, Judith Seymour, 53, and Tshering Bhutia, 38, as well as Katleen Ping, 24, who worked at the school.

Prosecutors said Goh had dropped out of Oikos several months before the shooting and wanted his tuition refunded and targeted an administrator who wasn’t present on the day of the shooting.

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