December 12, 2013
MONTICELLO, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panhandle teen convicted of
vehicular manslaughter has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison.
A Jefferson County judge sentenced 19-year-old Corteze Woody on
Monday. He was convicted in January for the death of 83-year-old Ruth DiBiase.
Authorities say Woody was speeding through Monticello in June 2009, just minutes after the end of the Watermelon Festival Parade.
Woody hit an ambulance and an SUV, where DiBiase was sitting. She
died 10 later from her injuries.
A defense attorney was asking that Woody be sentenced as a youthful offender without jail time. Woody's sentence is less than
the recommended minimum of 9 ¼ years.
Information from: Tallahassee Democrat, http://www.tdo.com
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