Tuesday, June 19, 2012

First of the Felonious Four sentenced to 15 years

Per Evan Woodbery, al.com beat writer. Antonio Goodwin—the first of the four former Auburn football players to be convicted in the armed home invasion last year—has been sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary for his role in the crime.

image Goodwin and former players Dakota Mosley, Mike McNeil and Shaun Kitchens were accused of bursting into an occupied dwelling armed with at least one firearm and robbing the occupants of less than a few hundred dollars worth of loot.

McNeil, Mosley and Kitchens have yet to stand trial.

Although at the middle of the range according to sentencing guidelines, a 15 year sentence with no split or suspension for a first timer like Goodwin is harsh. If the remaining three defendants are paying any attention at all, they’re calling their attorneys and asking them to see what the prosecution might offer in the way of a plea bargain.

UPDATE: Go read Woodbery’s report. As it turns out, Goodwin’s attorney says that the prosecution offered a 21-year sentence in exchange for a plea. Maybe the remaining trio will go to trial after all.

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