Prisoner murders child rapist, 70, who attacked his little sister after they were forced to share a cell together

A PRISONER was sentenced on Tuesday for the murder of his child rapist cellmate who had reportedly previously attacked his younger sister.

Shane Goldsby, 26, broke down in tears as he apologized to the family of 70-year-old Robert Munger, who he killed inside Airway Heights Corrections Center in Washington on June 2, 2020. 

Goldsby previously claimed he found God in 2019 and was not seeking revenge for his sister or family but felt he was put in an unfair and impossible position when he was forced to share a cell with Munger, KHQ reports. 

He has said that while they shared a cell, Munger would describe his crimes in graphic detail and talk about pictures he had of the sexual acts. 

Goldsby reportedly snapped and attacked Munder in the communal area of the correction center. 

Court records say he “[hit], Munger, in the face and head area about 14 times, (stomped) on his head at least four times and (kicked) a couple more times before walking away and being taken into custody by Airway Heights Corrections Guards.”

The attack was captured on surveillance footage and Goldsby was immediately moved to a different detention center. 

It followed a string of previous transfers for violent altercations with corrections officers. 

Munger died from his injuries three days later. 


Goldsby attempted to read out a prepared statement ahead of his sentencing in court this week but broke down and his lawyer was forced to finish it. 

“I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one in this kind of way," it said.

"To his wife and his whole family, I apologize. I am so sorry and I hope you are able to heal from what I caused.”

Munger was serving a 43-year sentence for child rape, child molestation, and possession of child pornography, including the attack on Goldsby’s sister, who is still a minor. 

The Washington Department of Corrections has a cellmate policy that should have prevented Munger and Goldsby from being placed into the same cell. 

An independent investigation found that screeners had no knowledge of the connection between the pair. 

“There was no clear indication in the documentation regularly reviewed for housing assignments that there was a potential conflict,” State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie told the Associated Press. 

"The Airway Heights Corrections Center is conducting its own administrative investigation into this situation and is cooperating with law enforcement and the courts on the criminal matter,” she added to KHQ. 


However, Goldby told KHQ that he was ignored when he learned who Munger was and requested a different cellmate. 

“I had so much stuff going on in my head,” he said. 

“I wasn’t stable at that point. I wasn’t. I was getting to that point, because (Munger) kept wanting to give me details about what happened, what he did – about the photos and the videos of him doing this stuff. It was building up.

"I was questioning things on what was going on, 'Why is all this going on?' But as I said, I gave my life to God in 2019. I quit gangbanging. I was doing good," the inmate continued.

"You put me in the same cell as this dude. I feel set up. I'm the victim."

The 26-year-old added that he would have preferred to see Munger spend his life in jail and only meant to hurt him, not kill him.

Goldsby had been in jail serving a sentence for stealing a law enforcement car and injuring a state trooper after he crashed into their vehicle following a lengthy chase in 2017. 

He has now been sentenced to another 298 months, almost 25 years, for first-degree murder. 

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