PROVO After more than four hours of deliberation, a jury agreed that a man isn't guilty of breaking into his wife's home, but he is guilty of assaulting her in front of their 2-year-old son.
Justin Goodwin, 29, was found guilty by a 4th District Court jury Thursday afternoon of aggravated assault and commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child but not aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary.
"That's what we wanted," said defense attorney Dean Zabriskie. "The first (-degree felonies) are gone, the minimum-mandatory (sentencings) are gone. We would have taken this as an offer a week ago."
Prosecutor Doug Finch said he was a little disappointed but appreciated the jury's hard work.
"We (in the Utah County Attorney's Office) felt that this was way more than an aggravated assault," he said.
Goodwin will be sentenced June 2 on the two remaining third-degree felonies.
For nearly three days, the jury heard somewhat dichotomous testimony about the night of Dec. 22, 2007, and a fight between Goodwin and his wife, Daniela that led to her death.