Wellington polo mogul John Goodman, who killed a recent college graduate during a drunken crash in 2010, is facing up to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of DUI manslaughter.
A 20-year-old Palm Beach Gardens woman, who killed a community college student during a drunken crash last year, pleaded guilty last week to the same crime. Her sentence? Five weekends in jail plus 15 years on probation.
Why such a potential disparity? A lot has to do with the fact that the 20-year-old woman, Sabrina Fiorentino, took a plea deal, while Goodman took his case to trial.
Also, Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid after he left his victim to drown in a canal, which heightened the crime from a second-degree to a first-degree felony and bumped up the maximum penalty from 15 to 30 years.
Even so, the potential disparity between the sentences for two people who killed other people while driving drunk is striking.
What do you think? Should Goodman face 30 years for DUI manslaughter while a Palm Beach Gardens woman gets five weekends in jail?
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