Teen Sentenced to Six Months in Jail For Deadly Golf Cart Crash
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Cortney Greene had no words for the judge in court, but she did have plenty of support in a packed courtroom. That support included the mother of Zachary Rusin, the young man who died in this tragic accident.
Standing before the courtroom, Tracy Rusin issued a tearful statement. Her 17-year-old son Zach was dating Cortney Greene the night the two of them set out in a black golf cart on a dark country road. Ultimately, they were struck by a fast-moving car.
Zachary later died, and it was later discovered that Cortney was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of that crash.
But in court, Zachary Rusin's mother said she still loves and respects Cortney Greene, and she wants Cortney to learn from her poor decisions that night. Tracy Rusin asked for no prison sentence for Cortney, and that wish ultimately influenced both the judge and the District Attorney's Office not to pursue a state prison sentence.
"It's really mainly the feelings of the family of the young man that was killed that influence us, because quite frankly, letters of support from friends, relatives... I mean, most people can probably come up with those. We're not going to be as influenced by that. The court may be. We're not going to be as influenced by that as we are going to be by the family of the victim," said Lawrence Friedman, Genesee County District Attorney.
Cortney Greene will do six months local jail time. Since the crash, she's violated her terms of release twice, though the nature of those violations was not discussed.
Cortney's attorney, Thomas Burns, did not want to go on-camera with us, but he did tell YNN off-camera that this sentence is "fair under the circumstances."