Though his attorneys still claim that his trial was unfair, John Goodman will be sentenced today. The man who founded the Polo Club International and has enough money to have paid $46 million to his victim’s parents and millions more for his defense, could get 30 years in prison.
That is the maximum sentence for DUI manslaughter with failing to render aid. That’s legal talk for driving drunk, killing someone, running away and then making his first call not to 911. It is unlikely, however, that Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath will give Goodman the max. Still, we’d bet that the time is significant – at least 15 years. Since Goodman is nearly 50, and would have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, he could be past middle age before he’s free.
Sentences in traffic-death cases, though, can vary greatly. This crime is the one that judges can see themselves committing, under certain circumstances, which can make them go lighter in sentencing. How much time do you think John Goodman will get?
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