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42 years for D.C. man in August 2010 killing

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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.

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.”

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