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Ex-Cowboy Goodrich sentenced five more years

DALLAS (Jan. 9, 2006) -- Former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Dwayne Goodrich was sentenced to five more years in prison for three counts of failure to stop and render aid in the 2003 hit-and-run deaths of two good Samaritans.

Goodrich is serving a 7 1/2-year sentence for criminally negligent homicide after hitting two men as they were pulling another man from a burning car alongside a busy Dallas interstate. Witnesses said Goodrich was driving faster than 100 mph.

He'll serve three five-year terms concurrently after his current sentence.

Demont Matthews, 23, and Joby Wood, 21, were rescuing a driver when they were struck. A third man, Shuki Josef, was also injured but survived.

Goodrich told jurors during his 2003 trial that a sport utility vehicle blocked his view of the pre-dawn accident. He said he originally believed, or hoped, he had hit debris. Goodrich returned to the scene hours later and then turned himself in.

Goodrich, 27, was the Cowboys' top pick in the 2000 draft, taken 49th out of Tennessee in the second round. But he played only sparingly in three seasons.

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