Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Published 12:13 AM EDT Aug 23, 2019 Melissa Chapman says she was caught up in a toxic relationship that spurred a gruesome killing in Genesee County, landing her in prison at age 18. Chapman and her boyfriend, Robert Goodyear, were convicted of first-degree murder and felony murder in the Dec. 20, 1987, death of Michael Gaines. He’d been shot twice in the head by Goodyear inside a truck in a Meijer parking lot. His body was dumped in a field and later set on fire. Chapman recently sat down with The News for her first in-person interview since being released in March after spending 31 years behind bars. She said she’d left home as a teenager, thinking she was a “free spirit” and was “going to make it on my own with no knowledgeable skills to help me.” Instead, she said, she wound up in a controlling relationship and started living a life of crime. “I’m very remorseful about what happened because that stays with you forever,” said Chapman, now 50. “You never let that go.” ►Read our entire special report: Second chance granted After a June 28, 2018, commutation hearing, the state’s parole board determined Chapman was “not… Read full this story
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