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Goodrich gets five more years in jail

1/9/2006 - NFL Dallas Cowboys

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.