Ex-Auburn WR Goodwin convicted of first-degree robbery

CBSSports.com wire reports

OPELIKA, Ala. -- A jury has convicted former Auburn wide receiver Antonio Goodwin of first-degree robbery.

The jurors in Lee County deliberated for about 45 minutes before returning to the courtroom Friday. First-degree robbery is a Class A felony that carries a likely sentence of 20 years to life in prison, because a gun was involved.

Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes set the sentencing for June.

Listed as a wide receiver but primarily used on special teams for the Tigers, Goodwin is the first of four former Auburn players standing trial on first-degree robbery charges in an armed home invasion in March 2011.

He watched quietly with hands clasped behind him as the verdict was read. His parents sat silently two rows back.

Attorneys presented closing arguments after the defense opted not to call Auburn coach Gene Chizik and associate head coach Trooper Taylor as witnesses.

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