Greencastle hotel strangulation case now attempted murder

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A woman was strangled in the parking lot of a Greencastle hotel last week and a Chambersburg man has now been charged with attempted murder.

Dustin Christopher Goshorn, 25, Chambersburg, was originally charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and flight to avoid prosecution. After consultation with the Franklin County District Attorney's office, Greencastle police added a charge of criminal intent to commit homicide.

According to information field with the office of Magisterial District Justice Duane Cunningham, Goshorn was arrested after allegedly strangling a woman at Castle Green Motel, 671 E. Baltimore St., early Friday morning. Greencastle police were called to the parking lot at 2:24 a.m. Jan. 6. As they arrived, Goshorn left in a 1997 Kia sedan. He was stopped two blocks west. A female victim was lying on the front passenger seat with severe facial injuries. Emergency medical services were called.

The woman was transported to Chambersburg Hospital, where evidence showed she had been strangled, according to court papers. She was able to report to the Greencastle police department at 8 a.m. and said her left cheek was shattered. She said she had no memory of events after Goshorn "choked" her.

Following arraignment on the charges, Goshorn was sent to Franklin County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Goshorn has a criminal history dating to 1998, the most serious of which was an arrest in 2006 for statutory sexual assault. He entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 16 to 60 months in prison. Previous charges also include theft, disorderly conduct with fighting, attempted criminal trespass, criminal mischief, retail theft, and as a juvenile, disorderly conduct several times.