ESPN is reporting that former Auburn wide receiver Antonio Goodwin was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for his involvement in a March 2011 robbery.
Goodwin, 21, was handed down the sentence by Lee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Hughes, who said he took into consideration the many family members who testified to Goodwin’s character, but ultimately believes that people deserve to feel secure in their homes.
“One mistake often has tragic consequences, as it did here,” Hughes said.
According to NBC Sports, Goodman and three of his former Tiger teammates – Michael McNeil, Shaun Kitchens and Dakota Mosley – broke into a mobile home in Auburn,Ala. earlier this year and held the occupants at gunpoint before making off with a safe and numerous cell phones.
Another former Auburn player, running back Michael Dyer, was also reportedly asked to join in on the robbery but refused.
Following the ordeal, all four players involved in the robbery were immediately dismissed from the football team by Auburn coach Gene Chizik.
“I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment,” Goodwin said before the sentencing. “In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I’ve become a better person and a better decision-maker.”
The Auburn Plainsman reports that in addition to the jail time, the former WR will also be required to pay a $500 attorney fee, court fees and possible reparations for the victims undergoing emotional therapy.
Antonio Goodwin has 43 days to appeal the sentencing. His former teammates McNeil, Moseley and Kitchens all await trial.