John Goodman Sentencing Delayed Until Friday; Attorneys Say He's Broke
The sentencing for the polo mogul has been delayed until Friday. John Goodman, who was found guilty -- twice -- of DUI manslaughter in the 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, had been scheduled to hear his fate on Wednesday afternoon.
But Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath moved the sentencing to Friday afternoon, saying he needed more time to think over the arguments made by the attorneys on both sides. Colbath is specifically considering the added guilty verdict of vehicular homicide by the jury on October 28.
Meanwhile, Goodman's attorneys announced Wednesday that the polo mogul is broke.
In their arguments Wednesday, Goodman's attorneys said that his time served in jail and his time served under house arrest should be added to the sentencing. The prosecution argued that house arrest is not the same as prison.
In all, Goodman served a total of 152 days in jail and 810 under house arrest with an ankle monitor.
In arguing over whether he's a flight risk, Goodman's attorneys claimed that his fortune has been wiped out. They also requested a $4 million cash bond, GPS monitoring, and house arrest. According to the Sun Sentinel, Goodman's 2012 federal tax return show less than $500,000 in cash assets.
The prosecution, however, scoffed at this, asking for a $10 million bond while saying that Goodman's siblings could help post the bond since the family business was sold in 2014 for $1.4 billion.
Meanwhile, the mother of the victim addressed the court.
Lilly Wilson spoke of the deep sadness she and her family have suffered and asked for justice for her son.
"His death at such a young age has caused us to suffer," she said. "He will never fall in love or raise a family of his own. I ask myself will there ever be peace again."
Wilson added, "He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, godson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He had an amazing disposition, with a kind, loving gentle spirit who was always thoughtful of others."
Goodman had been sentenced to 16 years in prison two years ago after he got drunk, got in his car, drove while intoxicated, ran a stop sign, then killed Wilson when he crashed into him in 2010.
Goodman had claimed that the brakes on his Bentley failed when he ran into Wilson and that he didn't get drunk until after the crash. After the accident, he left the scene.
In October, following a complicated retrial that saw jurors flown in from Tampa, Goodman was found guilty again.
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