WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Polo mogul John Goodman will have up to one hour a day to roam free in the sun outside his Wellington estate as he fights to appeal his DUI manslaughter conviction in the death of Scott Wilson.
The provision is one of several details of his house arrest listed in an agreed order signed Tuesday by Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath, who last month agreed to let the 48-year-old Texas heir out of jail on a $7 million cash bond.
Colbath sentenced Goodman to 16 years in prison for Wilson's February 2010 death. But Goodman's defense team is appealing his conviction and sentence, hoping to get a new trial based on a juror's revelation that he conducted a drinking experiment on the night in March before he and other panelists voted to convict Goodman.
The 4th District Court of Appeal assigned Goodman's case a case number late last week, but has yet to hear arguments . It may take up to two years to decide Goodman's appeal.
While he waits, Goodman has been placed on house arrest and is being guarded at all times by two off-duty deputies. He pays the sheriff's office $2,000 a day for the detail.
Goodman's defense team had a phone conference with prosecutors and Palm Beach County sheriff's officials last week to iron out the details of Goodman's house arrest, and the order Colbath signed Tuesday lists the parameters.
Goodman, according to the agreement, is allowed to spend one hour a day outside his house during daylight hours, though he "must remain on the property around his house within a distance to be determined by in-house arrest and within 100 feet of the police officer on duty."
No word yet on whether that includes the pool or tennis courts on his 160-acre compound.
Colbath's original order regarding Goodman's house arrest allowed him to work at the offices of his International Polo Club Palm Beach, which is on the grounds of the compound.
But all parties have since agreed that Goodman is allowed to have up to six people at his office at a time aside from family members for business purposes.
Colbath's previous order had specified a two-friend limit at Goodman's home aside from relatives.
While he's on house arrest, the order states, Goodman is allowed to stand or sit outside on one of several porches on his 11,000-square-foot home.