Goodrich gets five more years in jail

Updated: January 9, 2006, 3:46 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced Monday to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans.

Goodrich is serving a 7½-year sentence for criminally negligent homicide after hitting two men as they were pulling another man from a burning car alongside a busy Dallas interstate. Witnesses said Goodrich's BMW was going faster than 100 mph while returning from a topless bar.

He'll serve three five-year terms concurrently after his current sentence.

Demont Matthews, 23, and Joby Wood, 21, were rescuing a driver when they were struck. A third man, Shuki Josef, was also injured but survived.

Relatives of the victims said they were happy the judge increased Goodrich's prison time. But Josef, who said he remains in constant pain and still may lose his leg, hugged Goodrich and said he forgave him. Goodrich hugged him back, sobbing heavily.

"I was waiting for this to happen since I was in the hospital," Josef told The Dallas Morning News. "But it's never too late."

Goodrich told jurors during his 2003 trial that a sport utility vehicle blocked his view of the pre-dawn accident. He said he originally believed, or hoped, he had hit debris. Goodrich returned to the scene hours later and then turned himself in.

Goodrich, 27, was the Cowboys' top pick in the 2000 draft, taken 49th out of Tennessee in the second round. But he played only sparingly in three seasons.


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