1.09.2006

Dog Pile

Former Dallas Cowboy Dwayne Goodrich, already serving 7 1/2 years for manslaughter due to an auto accident, was sentenced to an additional five years in prison today (the maximum) for failing to Stop and Render Aid. The charge arose out of the same accident. Amazingly, the judge, not happy with just assessing the maximum, stacked the sentence on the 7 1/2 sentence. Anything to please the most bloodthirsty among us. Goodrich had pled guilty to the offense. The original trial prompted me to write this article explaining the craziness. (Trust me, even criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges will find the article mind numbing). But the article, to my amazement, did cause Dwayne Goodrich's mom to track me down back then and call me to simply thank me for explaining what happened to her son. She was a sweet lady. I thought about her today. Edit: After the first four comments, I would like to point out there was no allegation of DWI

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This world is so messed up. Yeah what he did was stupid, he accidentally caused the deaths of two innocent people. But sitting inside a jail cell for 8+ years is not going to rehabilitate anyone that did something as horrible as this accidentally. It would make sense if he did it on purpose, but that is not the case.

I find it equally amazing you get almost more jail time for possession of meth or marijuana, than for killing, murdering, or being convicted of manslaughter, etc. against someone.

Condoleesa said...

No sure why they are hating on him so much. Probably some jealousy involved.

It will be interesting to see what they do with Andrea Yates. She is one sick puppy. Her (ex-)husband isn't real sane either.

Anonymous said...

One thing to remember is that he didn't just accidentally hit the victims. He had been drinking and then got into his car and drove. Not only did he hit them, but he didn't even take the time to stop. So, he was either wasted or just didn't care. Nevertheless, I think he got off pretty easy, considering. I do think he is very remorseful, but he chose to drink and drive.

Anonymous said...

No one is saying what he did was ok, but when you look at the standard wich has been set, 7.5 years, plus another 5 AFTER that is almost 13 years. The typical drunk driver NEVER serves even have of that.

not saying he does no deserve it, but if this is the new standard, all drunk drives should be sentenced MUCH harsher as he has been.

Anonymous said...

......i agree with number one anonymous. The world really IS messed up.

...the law is the law - no problem there, but wonder how many judges pull shenanigians to cover their butts from a DWI, or probation folks, or even lawyers.

...just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Barry...I miss your articles explaining the system and why things go the way they go. I would love to hear your take on the Andrea Yates ordeal. Especially her husbands part in this. He should be held accountable for somthing you would think. I love love love the blog, but miss the skattershooting. That's when you could really get into the deep issues.

Anonymous said...

Yet (not to make anybody mad) Mica Renfro kills two people, one is a dad and has a family, and only gets whatever he got. like a year or something. The only good thing he did was stop, and that was because he was hurt also.

Anonymous said...

He be out in a year or so. 13 1/2 doesn't mean 13 1/2. What would be the Barry solution? Too bad so sad see you at the Million Dollar Saloon. Come to think of it, what is a jailable offense to the former DA?

Anonymous said...

ANON 11:00 He did not kill 2 people, he killed a much-loved dad, husand and son. The other person is permanently handicapped from the accident.
Everytime I feel sympathy for the young people going to jail for drunk-related accidents I feel sick to my stomach and so much sadness for them and their families.... so much lost so quickly, and never intended to do anyone any harm and then I think of the families that will NEVER see their loved ones again! So much sadness for all involved.
I would HATE to serve on a jury of these types....I pray for them....a definite no-win situation.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if you do think about it, I agree with anon 11:00. Handicapping someone is just about killing them. I have a relative that can baraly talk and eat from a drunk. She lost her whole point of living. She can barely do anything at all. So yes, he did kill two people. But the whole point 11:00 was trying to make, I believe, correct me if I am wrong 11:00, but he didn't get enough time, and he too will get out earlier than that of which he was commited to.

Anonymous said...

Well, if he is serving his sentence as a State Jail Felony, he will serve day for day, but if he is serving time for the other charge, it could be about 1/3 of the time.

Anonymous said...

The focus needs to be on prevention and not punishment. What is the difference in serving five years or ten? It is not going to change what happen and is it going to make a difference to the person being punished? I don't have the answers but I know putting these people away for a long time is working. Maybe bars should mandatory valet parking and pay to have a police officer checking people before they leave.

Anonymous said...

Barry is right about one thing. There was never an allegation of DWI. The only reason is because he didn't stop to render aid. He had been drinking. Witnesses said so. If he had stopped, DWI,and or Intoxication Manslaughter would have stepped right in. Any decent human would have stopped if they had nothing to hide. His excuse that he did not know what had happened is a crock of #@#@. Let him spend the next 13 and a half years thinking about the lives that he took, and the families that will never be the same again.

Once again to y'all liberals. I hope and pray that you or your loved ones are never victims of such a tragedy. If you were, you would probably change your tune.

Anonymous said...

That's because he hid from the authorities until the alcohol wore off. Then he turned himself in, How convenient!! I mean, his own mother said he had been drinking.

He deserved a more severe punishment.