Goff said he stabbed Hart twice in the torso and once in the upper back. He has been held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $1 million cash bail since he confessed. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 19 and faces up to 30 years in prison, with a requirement to serve at least 15 years before being paroled.
Although Goff has given several jailhouse interviews since being taken into custody and was peppered with questions from Donio about the confession during Thursday's brief court appearance, he has not indicated publicly what led to the killing.
As a teenager, Goff had a lengthy rap sheet, which included a string of burglaries and involvement in a steroid distribution ring while he was a student at Absegami High School. Goff, who had been a wrestler at Absegami, was apparently interviewed by investigators when Hart disappeared.
Hart's body was found by a hunter in December 1991 in the woods behind the Clubs Condominium complex. Authorities were unable to determine a cause of death.
Goff indicated in court Thursday that he was "not the same man back then" and that he may have been under the influence of anabolic steroids at the time of the killing.
Before confessing to police in April, Goff had apparently driven to the Canadian border in Michigan, perhaps planning to flee to avoid prosecution, although he said in one of his recent interviews that he had not been worried about getting caught.
The aggravated-manslaughter charge had been downgraded from first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.
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