42 years for D.C. man in 2010 killing of Catholic University student

A 19-year-old D.C. man was sentenced to 42 years in prison Friday for the August 2010 murder of a Catholic University student in Northwest.

In September, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Eric Foreman guilty of first-degree murder while armed. Authorities said Foreman shot Neil Godleski, 31, as he rode his bike in the Petworth area at about 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2010, and then robbed him of cash.

At the sentencing hearing before Judge Robert E. Morin, Godleski’s family pleaded for a life sentence. “He robbed my family and friends not of $60, but of a wonderful human being,” said Godleski’s mother, Heidi.

Prosecutors had said that Godleski was riding home from his job as a waiter at the Phillips Seafood restaurant on the Southwest waterfront when Foreman, who was on a street corner with several friends, attacked him.

Foreman’s attorney, Jonathan Zucker, had argued that another youth killed Godleski.


Neil Godleski, pictured, was shot and killed by Eric Foreman as Godleski rode his bike in the Petworth area at about 12:30 a.m. on August 22, 2010, authorities said. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Before the sentence was delivered, Foreman turned to Godleski’s family and apologized.

“I want to say I’m sorry to his family,” Foreman said. “I know they look at me as a monster. I feel your pain.”

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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