Justin Goodwin

PROVO — A man convicted of assaulting his wife was sentenced to 300 days in jail and given a restraining order, with the provision that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife can communicate only through text messages regarding their young son.

Justin Goodwin, 29, was found guilty by a jury in April of aggravated assault against his wife, Daniela Goodwin, and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

He was sentenced Monday afternoon to 300 days but given a credit of 30 days for completing the OUT program at the Utah County Jail. He will also get credit for 137 days already served.

He is not allowed to contact Daniela Goodwin, with whom he is engaged in divorce proceedings, except through texting on their cell phones, to document all the communication, said Goodwin's defense attorney, Dean Zabriskie.

During the April trial, prosecutors presented information to the jury that late on Dec. 22, Goodwin came home to the house he lived in with his wife, Daniela Goodwin.

The couple fought on and off, and Goodwin would stay with his mother occasionally.

Goodwin testified during the trial that his wife woke up and they began fighting. At some point, he said, Daniela Goodwin got out a can of pepper spray and doused him in the face.

She testified that he pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her and their young son, and she tried to calm him down, knowing he had been drinking.

However, Goodwin's attorneys argued that there was no way Goodwin could have attacked her after being sprayed with pepper spray that burned his eyes. They even dispute that he had a gun.

After Justin Goodwin fell asleep on the bed, Daniela Goodwin lay down beside him to sleep, only calling police days later.

As part of the sentencing, Goodwin was ordered to get his GED and to follow through with any recommendations from alcohol or mental health evaluations, Zabriskie said.

Zabriskie said his client also said he would be looking at getting some type of implant to help him conquer his addiction to alcohol, which developed after he began drinking at age 12.

Daniela Goodwin did not address the court, nor provide a written statement, but prosecutor Doug Finch said he believes she was satisfied with the outcome.

"Mainly what she was looking for was to give this guy a wake-up call (about) where his life was headed, and to defer his life before it continued to get worse," Finch said.

Finch called the recommendation and the time to be served appropriate for the third-degree felonies.

Plus, Finch said the sentence "gives (Goodwin) the opportunity to work hard and put this behind him."


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