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Judge Colbath sentences John Goodman

By Brian EntinChris Stewart

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A judge has sentenced John Goodman to 16 years in prison for a 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson.

Goodman was found guilty of DUI manslaughter. Wilson drowned when Goodman's Bentley struck Wilson's Hyundai Sonata, and it went into a canal.

Goodman showed no expression when the sentence was announced. The judge did not grant bond and Goodman will have to pay court costs for the second trial, estimated at $60,000. He will get credit for 154 days served.

A jury found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter in 2012, but Goodman was awarded a re-trial because of juror misconduct.

Judge Jeffrey Colbath said he felt the sentence he imposed during the first trial was appropriate, so he kept the same 16-year prison term. "These are horrible, horrible cases. Honest citizens make one mistake and horrible consequences result," Judge Colbath said.

"We are back to where we were. Two years have gone by, and we are in the same place," Scott Wilson's father William said after the sentencing.

Goodman will stay in the Palm Beach County Jail for now. His attorneys will file a written order asking the appeals court for bond and say they fully expect him to get it. "He intends to answer to these charges, and he is optimistic about the issues in the appeal that we will be successful with those. He wants to defend himself and clear his name," said defense attorney Liz Parker.

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