A 22-year-old Racine man was sentenced to three years in prison and five years extended supervision after he tried to kill another participant in his therapy group by shooting at the man outside their treatment facility.

But because Dariess Goss is already serving a prison sentence in Waupun Correctional Institute for armed robbery, false imprisonment, and bail jumping, Racine County Circuit Court Judge John Jude made the sentence run concurrently. This means Goss won’t serve any additional prison time unless his sentence is revoked.

Goss, of Racine, was initially charged with one felony count each of 1st degree attempted homicide, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a firearm by a felon. But the state amended the charge to 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon.

Prosecuting attorney Antoinette Rich said that Goss had been listed as a member of the Vice Lords street gang by the Racine Police Department.

“We had problems getting people to co-operate on this case, which is why we offered the 2nd degree use of a dangerous weapon,” she said. “Mr. Goss is not an old man, but this was serious… it’s fortunate that he did not kill someone.”

According to the criminal complaint, police were called March 24 to the 1600 block of Washington Avenue for a report of shots fired. Officers were unable to locate any witnesses willing to talk, but one person eventually said they saw two men in an argument in the parking lot of a mental health and substance abuse facility that escalated into the shots fired call.

 

Goss’ attorney Kathleen Lang said that while Goss was trying to address his addiction issues by seeking treatment, he felt threatened and harassed by another member of the group. Fearing that he would be shot, Goss took a gun with him and left it outside. After the group he admitted to shooting at the other member.

“He accepts responsibility for what he did and admits that his mother is a good mother who taught him right from wrong,” Lang said. “But he believes he suffered from an extreme THC dependency, one that even led him to seek out and get access to it in prison.”

Goss apologized to his family and the community.

“I can’t say this is an excuse for what I did, but I did fear for my life,” he said. “Whatever you decide to do though, I promise to the time to rehabilitate myself.”

Jude told Goss that he needed the prison time to think about what he had done.

“There was obviously history here and it involves stuff on the street… you are addicted to the street life and that’s a thinking issue,” he said. “You need other people to teach you to get out of the street life, and you gotta find a different life.”

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.