Virginia man with autism serving 10 years for serious crash gets conditional pardon

Virginia man with autism serving 10 years for serious crash gets conditional pardon


A Virginia man with autism who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a crash that left a New York man permanently disabled has been granted a conditional pardon, officials and his attorney said.

Matthew Rushin, 22, is expected to be released early next year after he agreed Monday to Gov. Ralph Northam’s terms, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

The pardon slashes Rushin’s sentence, but doesn’t expunge his conviction, his defense attorney told the newspaper.

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Rushin pleaded guilty in August to malicious wounding and hit and run after two separate crashes in Virginia Beach in January 2019.

“He was just shocked and just extremely, extremely, extremely grateful,” attorney Miriam Airington-Fisher said. “He’s been overwhelmed by all the support he’s gotten.”

As a part of the conditions, the former mechanical engineering student at Old Dominion will spend five years on supervised probation and must seek mental health treatment, as well as counseling and a substance abuse evaluation, a spokeswoman for Northam

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