Man sentenced in Christmas Eve killing of former Texas Rangers pitcher

John Barfield, a former Texas Rangers pitcher, was shot and killed on Christmas Eve in downtown Little Rock. Police say his girlfriend's estranged husband pulled the trigger. (Photo courtesy Mystic Goodman)

The man who shot and killed a former Texas Rangers pitcher in Little Rock last Christmas Eve has been sentenced in court.

William Goodman was originally charged with first degree murder in the death of John Barfield on December 24, 2016. That charge was reduced to manslaughter and Goodman was found guilty.

Goodman was sentenced in a Pulaski County court to 10 years for manslaughter and 15 years on firearm enhancement. Goodman will serve the sentences consecutively.

Goodman was the estranged husband of Barfield's girlfriend, Mystic Goodman. He shot and killed Barfield outside an apartment on Sherman Street in downtown Little Rock.

Barfield pitched for the Rangers for three seasons beginning in 1989.

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