OPELIKA, Ala. — Former Auburn wide receiver Antonio Goodwin was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for his role in a March 2011 robbery. Goodwin, 21, was convicted of first-degree robbery in April, and signed a written confession after his arrest.
Lee County Circuit Judge Chris Hughes heard impassioned pleas from Goodwin’s family and friends before handing down the sentence, which was in the middle of the range of sentencing allowed by the law.
“One mistake often has tragic consequences, as it did here,” Hughes said.
He calculated the sentencing guidelines at 117 to 255 months.
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Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese had argued for a sentence of 25 years or more.
“The court has a responsibility to everybody involved,” Hughes said. “People in Auburn have to know they’re safe from home invasion.”
Goodwin’s attorney, Lauryn Lauderdale, filed an oral notice of appeal and asked for probation. If probation is denied, Lauderdale said, she will ask for a split sentence.
A probation hearing will be set at a later date.
Both Goodwin and his family reacted emotionally to the verdict.
“I want to apologize for my actions,” Goodwin said before the verdict was read. “In the time I was at home, I had some to think about it.”
The first of four former Auburn players to go on trial, Goodwin was arrested along with Shaun Kitchens, Mike McNeil and Dakota Mosley last March for allegedly participating in a home invasion in Auburn.
According to prosecutors, Goodwin, Kitchens and McNeil robbed a trailer at gunpoint, and Mosley drove the getaway car.
All four were immediately dismissed from the football team. The trials for the other three players are scheduled to begin later this year.