Polo Tycoon John Goodman Sentenced to 16 Years


Polo Tycoon Gets 16 Years in DUI Death

Goodman's sister Betsy Abell apologized to the Wilson family and said, "John is never going to really be okay."

Prosecutor Ellen Roberts' closing statements were accusatory. "This wasn't an accident. He intended to drive. He intended to drink. He did not intend to kill Scott Wilson. But his intent to do the other things caused Scott Wilson's death," she said.

Roberts requested a sentence of 30 years for Goodman.

Defense attorney Roy Black spoke about numerous letters written about Goodman's generosity, dedication to charities and clean record prior to the crash.

"He did not intend to harm anyone," Black said.

The defense team had been aggressively attempting to get a new trial for their client. Both were denied by the judge. One was related to a jurors claim that "it was clear" jurors had made up their minds before the end of the trial and the other was related to a juror writing in his book that he conducted a drinking experiment during the trial.

In April, court documents revealed that Goodman agreed to a $46 million settlement to Wilson's parents. Lili and William Wilson, Scott Wilson's parents, will each receive $23 million in the settlement, the same age their son was when he was killed.

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