John Goodman to Be Escorted by Deputies on Charter Flight to See Ailing Mother in Houston

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Just a day after hearing was held where judge agreed to let Wellington polo mogul John Goodman go see his dying mother in Houston, a judge has agreed to let Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies escort Goodman on a charter flight.

Attorneys on both sides laid down some terms, and judge Jeffrey Colbath agreed to let Goodman go with the deputies.

Goodman will be allowed to stay in Houston for four days. Harriett Goodman, 85, reportedly has a tumor and has just three days to three weeks to live.

Goodman was recently awarded a new DUI manslaughter trial when it was revealed that juror Dennis DeMartin failed during jury selection to disclose information about his wife that he included in a self-published book.

In the book, DeMartin writes that his wife was once busted for DUI. At the time of jury selection, DeMartin had told them that no one in his family had ever been arrested for DUI.

Goodman was originally sentenced to 16 years in prison after he got drunk, got in his car, ran a stop sign, and then killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson when he crashed into him.

At the time of the accident, Goodman's blood-alcohol level was recorded at .177, more than twice the legal limit.

The new trial date and location is yet to be set.

Goodman was originally to be accompanied by four sheriff's deputies on a commercial flight. But the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office asked the judge to travel on a charter flight instead.

Goodman is scheduled to leave Friday and return on Monday. He is also responsible for all travel costs, including lodging and meals.


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