A Long County man who was charged with vehicular homicide in a 2009 wreck that killed a teenage boy was sentenced to 25 years Tuesday.
Jonathon Goode, 24, went before Atlantic Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Paul Rose and pleaded guilty to four charges, including first-degree vehicular homicide. For the homicide charge, Goode was given a 15-year sentence with six years to serve in prison and nine years on probation. Goode also pleaded guilty to speeding and driving under the influence and was given a one-year sentence for each charge, to be served concurrently. He pleaded guilty to causing a serious injury by a vehicle and was sentenced to 10 years of probation.
In summary, AJC Office District Attorney Tom Durden said, Goode’s final sentence consists of six years in prison and 19 total years on probation.
“This was a very tough case for everyone involved. There were no winners here and it was a very tragic thing that happened. However, I feel that the judge looked at both sides of the case and gave a fair sentence,” Durden said.
According to earlier reports, Goode was arrested Oct. 9, 2009, for his involvement in a two-car wreck on Highway 23 near the Ludowici city limits. In that wreck, 17-year-old Cody Dalton Chaney was killed as he and his stepfather, Larry Walk, were driving to Jesup, where Cheney was to attend his prom that night.
Goode’s 2002 Chevy Tahoe struck the rear of the 1993 Toyota pickup Walk was driving, causing the truck to flip over the guard rail and land in a ditch that was filled with water. Both the driver and the teen were trapped in the truck, and Chaney was declared dead at the scene.