Spitting brings two-year prison term

Spitting brings two-year prison term

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted spitting on a nurse at a local hospital was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.

Nadine Godden, 50, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court to aggravated battery.

She admitted that on Jan. 8, while a patient at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, she spit in the face of a nurse there.

A second count of aggravated battery alleging she bit a security guard's arm and spit on him was dismissed in return for her plea, which was accepted by Judge Tom Difanis.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said Godden had been brought into the hospital extremely intoxicated and, after using the restroom, refused to return to her room. The spitting happened as the employees were trying to restrain her.

Weber said Godden has several prior convictions, including seven for prostitution, and others for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstructing justice.

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Morris44 wrote on March 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Well deserved punishment!  To treat a healthcare provider like that is completely unacceptable. Just because you pay a co-pay (probably a $2 one) does not give you the right to treat staff poorly. 

Local Yocal wrote on March 15, 2013 at 3:03 am
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Yeah Morris, you tell 'em. Alcohol had nothing to do with this lazy poor person's temper tantrum. Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber sure didn't prostitute herself when Weber handled the cocaine with two U of I students, the McElwain Twins, who were dealing on the U of I campus in between Milk and Cookies, their dj names. [see N-G story: Brothers get jail time, probation in cocaine case, from Oct. 24, '12] 

Morris44 wrote on March 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

Alcohol or not....it's not a normal response to spit in someone's face. I know that I personally would not want someone arrested for prostitution multiple spitting in my face. So sick of lame excuses and people not taking responsibility for their actions. This is not justified because she was drunk or because someone has done something worse with less punishment. Wrong is wrong. Period!!

amf wrote on March 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Spitting is aggravated battery?  Is that typically how the law handles spitting?  Her criminal history surely factors in here, right?  Who was her attorney in this case?  Not that I wish that behavior on any health care worker, it's terrible.  But I wouldn't have thought it was criminal.  2 years seems like a long time to go to jail for spitting.  Biting, maybe.  Why the plea to the first count and not the second?  Why not both?  Seems like there's more detail here that isn't provided in the story.