John Goodman's personal fortune largely untouched by $46 million DUImanslaughter settlement
With sentencing for his DUI manslaughter conviction looming on April 30, lawyers for John Goodman have revealed the amount that victim Scott Wilson's family will be paid.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Lili and William Wilson, Scott's parents, will receive $46 million according to the terms of the civil settlement reached in early March. The figure of $23 million each is significant in part because Scott Wilson was 23 years old when his car was hit and pushed into a canal by Goodman's speeding, stop-sign-running Bentley on the night of Feb. 10, 2010. Wilson drowned while strapped in his seatbelt.
The figure of $23 million each is significant in part because Scott Wilson was 23 years old when his car was hit and pushed into a canal by Goodman's speeding Bentley.
Goodman's lawyers have released the figure as part of their efforts to convince a sentencing judge that Goodman's conviction resulted from a bias against his wealth. However, most of the settlement funds are being paid by Goodman's insurance, not his personal fortune as heir to a Houston air conditioning empire, which is estimated at $300 million. In addition, $6 million of the settlement figure is being paid by The Player's Club, the bar that Goodman drank at before the accident.
Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March, and faces up to 30 years in jail upon sentencing. His lawyers have promised to appeal the ruling.
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