Man sentenced in traffic deaths of teen twin sisters

10:48 PM, Nov 10, 2004   |    comments
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Grant Rudd, 19, could have been sentenced to 34 years behind bars, but will serve five years for killing Bridget and Brittany Abernathy. Needless to say, their family believes the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Emotions were impossible to hide as the judge announced the sentencing... Several members of the Abernathy family showed up wearing shirts with a picture of the twins on them. The twins were killed on May 15th when the car they were riding in driven by a very drunk Rudd went airborne and struck another car in Coventry Township. Three others were hurt. Rudd pleaded guilty to 16 charges including two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI and will serve all five years of the sentence. “I’m very disappointed in the judge,” said Harry Abernathy, the victims’ father. “I just can’t believe that’s all he gave him for two kids. “Two 15-year-old kids lives are taken away.” The twins’ older sister told the courtroom today about the missed graduations, weddings and grandchildren now that Bridget and Brittany are gone. When he’s released Rudd will never be allowed to hold an Ohio drivers license. The twin’s father told us after and even the judge agreed that there is no fair sentence in a case that has so many victims.


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