A Delaware decide has refuse to change the sentence of a person who pleaded responsible to manslaughter and different expenses within the deaths of an aged couple killed when he stole a automobile and crashed into their automobile east of Newark.
Stephen R. Goodman was sentenced as a routine offender to 25 years in jail for manslaughter within the 2017 deaths of 77-year-old John Simon and his 92-year-old spouse, Irma. He additionally pleaded responsible to reckless endangerment, DUI and theft of a motorized vehicle.
Authorities mentioned Goodman was touring about 90 mph in a 25 mph zone when he slammed into the Simons’ automobile as they had been leaving the Delaware Park on line casino in December 2017.
Prosecutors mentioned Goodman was wished for carjacking after stealing a automobile about two hours earlier. Witnesses mentioned he was rushing on moist roads, operating pink lights and narrowly lacking different autos earlier than he crashed head-on into the Simons’ automobile.
Goodman had beforehand been convicted in state courtroom of felonies together with housebreaking and disregarding a police officer’s sign. He additionally had been convicted in federal courtroom of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He argued that his sentencing as a routine offender was unlawful as a result of the federal gun cost didn’t qualify as a violent felony underneath Delaware regulation as a result of it isn’t labeled underneath federal regulation as a violent felony.
The decide famous in a ruling Thursday that the legal guidelines don’t should be similar and that Goodman’s federal conviction was “the identical or equal to” possession of a firearm by an individual prohibited. That offense qualifies as a violent felony underneath Delaware regulation for functions of routine offender standing.