WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – Wellington polo mogul John Goodman, who police allege broke his ankle monitoring device, was ordered to return to house arrest late Tuesday afternoon.
Goodman’s lawyers said the house arrest monitor was damaged due to ‘normal wear and tear’ but prosecutors accused Goodman of intentionally breaking the police-issued monitoring device.
The hearing was held so Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath could decide whether to revoke Goodman’s $7 million bond if it was determined Goodman did tamper with the device.
Goodman took the stand in his own defense Tuesday in an effort to avoid jail and instead return to house arrest in his Wellington mansion.
Goodman said he hit the monitor on a glass shower door accidentally and didn’t think it was a big deal.
Goodman was taken back to jail in October after deputies were alerted that something happened to his ankle monitoring device. He had been under house arrest in his Wellington mansion after being convicted of DUI manslaughter.
The house arrest sentence was pending an appeal of Goodman’s 16-year sentence in the February, 2010 death of a 23-year-old Scott Wilson whose car flipped into a canal after it was hit by the Bentley Goodman was driving while drunk.