SUPERIOR COURT — A Landing man admitted that he caused a Hopatcong woman serious injury when she fell out of his fleeing car after she chased after him for stealing money from her.


Maurice Goodgame Jr., 24, appeared in front of Judge Louis S. Sceusi on Feb. 18, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree aggravated assault. As per the plea deal, Goodgame had agreed to a four-year state prison term.


Goodgame admitted that on Aug. 4, he and his girlfriend, Taylor Linke-Dennis, 23, of Ledgewood — who was driving — went to a home on River Styx Road in Hopatcong to obtain money he believed was owed to him. Once there, Goodgame, who went inside alone as Linke-Dennis waited in the car, admitted he saw “unprotected money,” an amount police said was around $1,500, in a box in the victim’s room.


Goodgame admitted he grabbed the money, ran out of the house, jumped into Linke-Dennis’ car and told her to leave.


Goodgame’s attorney, Thomas Militano, said as they were doing so, the resident jumped onto the car and partially into the car as Linke-Dennis accelerated. Hopatcong police said, at the time of Goodgame and Linke-Dennis’ arrests, that the victim fell out of the vehicle and suffered serious injuries to her legs and buttocks after being dragged roughly 20 feet.


Assistant Prosecutor Sahil Kabse said the State is offering Goodgame a four-year term to run concurrent to a Morris County plea offer. Goodgame, who is facing a seven-year prison sentence with 42 months of parole ineligibility out of Morris County for violating his drug court probation, was told by Kabse last week it’s possible a Morris County judge could sentence his concurrently to the Sussex County sentence. If so, Goodgame could be sentenced to 11 years, consecutively, in state prison but would still be eligible for parole release in 42 months. In the plea deal, the following charges were dismissed: Third-degree theft, second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree conspiracy.


Goodgame and Linke-Dennis were each indicted on Oct. 31, with Linke-Dennis facing charges of second-degree accomplice liability to robbery, third-degree accomplice liability in a theft and third-degree aggravated assault. Her attorney, Steven Wolff, entered a not guilty plea in court in November. The resolution of her case, Kabse said, was contingent on Goodgame’s plea offer.


Linke-Dennis is slated to appear back in court on March 23. Goodgame is expected to appear back in court for sentencing on April 3.


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