Jeff and Heidi Hillard were sentenced to maximum penalties for the torture and murder of Scottie Goodpaster Jr. on Tuesday. Goodpaster was kidnapped two years ago over a meth deal. He was was attacked with an ax, knife and staple gun. Jumper cables were attached to his genitals. His body was found hanging from a tree in Harvey County.
District Judge Bruce Brown callled their crimes “horrific beyond imagination” and “pure evil”.
“Even the most talented writer of fiction horror or Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t match the bone-chilling brutality and horror perpetrated by the two of you resulting in the murder of Scottie Goodpaster,” said Judge Brown.
The judge gave 51-year-old Jeff Hillard life with no parole eligibility for 50 years. For other crimes ranging from aggravated kidnapping and rape to aggravated battery, the judge sentenced Hillard to 330 months to run consecutive to the Hard 50 sentence. Hillard’s wife, 44-year-old Heidi Hillard, was also sentenced to the Hard 50 with an additional 424 months.
Attorneys for both defendants say they will appeal the sentences to the Kansas Supreme Court.
Brian Bussart, 41 of Wichita, is scheduled for trial later this month in Goodpaster’s death while Alexandria Scott, 28 of Wichita, is awaiting sentencing. Bussart and Scott testified against the Hillards in their trial.
A fifth defendant, Willie Morris, was sentenced last May to the Hard 50 plus 280 months.