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Goodwyn pleads guilty to drug charge

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A former longtime court reporter for the 271st District Court in Decatur was back in a familiar setting Friday – but on the other side of the law.

Jeffery Goodwyn

Jeffery Goodwyn

Jeff Goodwyn pled guilty to the charge of manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance in the amount of 1 to 4 grams, a second degree felony. He agreed to eight years of deferred adjudication and a $1,000 fine.

The 57-year-old Decatur resident was arrested June 14 of last year following an undercover sting. According to a search warrant affidavit in the case, Goodwyn drove to Fort Worth the night of June 13 to obtain methamphetamine and returned to a motel in Decatur during the early morning hours of June 14 to engage in sex and take drugs. Instead, the man he met at the motel was an undercover narcotics officer.

Goodwyn was arrested for the possession of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and taken to Wise County Jail, where he posted bond the next day.

Following his arrest, investigators searched Goodwyn’s home and collected several computers, DVDs and a cell phone as evidence. No additional charges were filed.

Among the numerous conditions of his community supervision, Goodwyn must perform 240 hours of community service, including no less than 16 hours per month until completion; submit to regular drug testing; complete a drug/alcohol evaluation; submit to a psychological evaluation and attend counseling; not possess firearms and abstain from alcohol.

He must also report to a licensed therapist for a sex offense evaluation “including psychological, psychiatric and/or psychophysical testing, a clinical evaluation and clinical polygraphs if needed, as determined by the therapist conducting the evaluation.”

The conditions do not include any additional jail time. If Goodwyn were to violate the terms of his community supervision, prosecutors could seek to proceed with adjudication. The possible penalty for the second degree felony would be a jail term of two to 20 years.

Goodwyn was employed by the district court for more than 30 years prior to his arrest. Due to his working relationship with the court, Goodwyn’s case was heard by visiting judge Elizabeth Berry, and attorney Lisa Mullen represented the state. Decatur attorney Barry Green represented Goodwyn.

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