Slain Student’s Murderer Found Guilty
The killer of former Catholic University student Neil Godleski was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder this week, more than two years after the shooting.
Godleski was riding his bicycle home at 12:30 a.m. from his job at Phillips Restaurant in Southwest D.C. when Eric Foreman opened fire and stole $60. Foreman is facing a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison with the possibility of life without parole.
The shooting occurred on August 22, 2010, about two and a half miles from the University, near Sherman Circle N.E. Godleski was shot without warning a total of five times, three times at a distance and twice at close range.
Godleski, 31, was completing a degree in biology that he had started at the University in 1997. He was buried back in his hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut, and more than 200 people, including University President John H. Garvey, attended the funeral service.
Foreman was listed as a juvenile criminal offender within District courts, and he was known to have affiliations with local gangs along with a reputation of violence. At the time of the homicide, he was under the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), an organization which, according to its website, “administers detention, commitment and aftercare services for youth held under its care.”
Godleski’s parents, Daniel and Heidi Godleski, filed a $20 million wrongful-death lawsuit against DYRS in November of 2011 for “failure to properly supervise their wards.”
Foreman, 18, was also found guilty on numerous other charges relating to the incident, including felony, attempted robbery while armed, and other firearm offenses. He was arrested by District Police in September of 2010, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 16, 2012.