Podcast Star Pleads Guilty in Alabama S-Town Case

Tyler Goodson of 'S-Town' is taking the rap for felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and trespassing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2017 11:05 AM CDT
DA: 'Good Resolution' in S-Town Podcast Case
In this May 3, 2017, file photo, Tyler Goodson of the hit podcast "S-Town" stands at the grave in Green Pond, Ala., of his friend John B. McLemore, who's also featured in the show.   (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast S-Town pleaded guilty Monday to criminal charges linked to events that occurred in the serial, per the AP. Tyler Goodson, 26, of Woodstock, pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge and two misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal trespassing and will get a 10-year suspended sentence and five years on probation under an agreement with prosecutors, says Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson. "Given all the notoriety of this case, we are glad we were able to get some convictions," Jackson says. "This was a good resolution to his case." Circuit Judge Don McMillan will hold a hearing later on whether Goodson has to pay restitution.

Goodson was named in a multi-count indictment alleging he took lumber, old vehicles, and a laptop computer from the property of his late friend John B. McLemore, the main character in "S-Town," during production of the podcast in Woodstock, a rural Alabama town about 35 miles southwest of Birmingham. Podtrac, which analyzes podcast statistics, said the seven episodes of "S-Town" have had more than 64 million streams and downloads since being released in late March. The show was produced by Serial Productions, of the podcast "Serial" and "This American Life." Neither Goodson nor a defense lawyer immediately returned messages seeking comment.

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