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GUILTY
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 06, 2014 | 1560 views | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Waylon Goodson (far right) and his attorneys at a motion hearing in January in preparation for last week’s trial.
Waylon Goodson (far right) and his attorneys at a motion hearing in January in preparation for last week’s trial.
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Waylon Goodson received the maximum sentence for the crime of involuntary manslaughter following a guilty verdict in Jones County Superior Court last week.

Goodson was charged in the shooting death of his 22-year-old girlfriend, Brittany Grizzle, that occurred May 6, 2013. The trial began Tuesday, Feb. 25, immediately following jury selection, and ended the following Friday.

Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior sentenced Goodson, Feb. 28, to 10 years in the penitentiary at the conclusion of the four-day trial. Before he pronounced sentence, Prior listened to the family members of the defendant during what is known as the sentencing phase of the trial.

Goodson’s grandparents both spoke of the good character of their grandson, but it was the defendant’s uncle, Ray Goodson, who appeared to sum up the emotions of the ordeal.

“We are here with sad hearts. Both families have suffered, and this has truly been a tragedy,” he said.

The uncle said Grizzle’s death left a void in his family, and his nephew would spend the rest of his life remembering what happened May 6, 2013.
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