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John Goodman receives letters of support


A Wellington polo mogul convicted of DUI manslaughter last month in a crash that killed a 23-year-old college graduate in 2010 has received an overwhelming amount of support from friends and family in the hopes of a lenient sentencing.

John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was drunk when his Bentley slammed into Scott Wilson’s car in February 2010. The collision sent Wilson into a canal, where he drowned.

WPBF 25 News has obtained the letters addressed to Judge Jeffrey Colbath.

Goodman’s mother wrote that her wealthy son didn’t grow up spoiled or overindulged.

“The very core of my son’s being is about helping others,” she wrote. “There is nothing that could destroy John’s spirit more than the thought that people truly believe he left the scene of an accident and failed to give aid to someone in need.”

Goodman’s girlfriend, Heather Colby, whom he also adopted before the trial began, wrote a passionate defense of him, calling him selfless and caring. She also revealed that a few weeks after the crash, Goodman bought a necklace engraved with Wilson’s initials because he couldn’t stop thinking about him.

There was even a letter of support from the farrier who shoes Goodman’s horses.

Goodman faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced April 30, but his attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial. They claim there was jury misconduct and that Goodman didn’t get a fair trial in Palm Beach County.

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