Family says driver who killed their son 'getting a slap on the hand'
ENUMCLAW, Wash. - Family and friends of Justin Relethford plan to be inside a courtroom Friday for the sentencing of Cody Money.
Money was behind the wheel of a pickup on October 31, 2012 when he drifted off the road, hitting and killing Relethford, according to court documents. Justin, 16, had been walking his girlfriend home on the shoulder of State Route 410 near Warner Avenue in Enumclaw when he was struck.
Money was 20-years-old when the collision happened. Last month he provided a statement to the court that read, My ability to drive was affected to an appreciable degree by marijuana and Oxycodone. I then failed to pay attention to the roadway because I was distracted by my cell phone.
Justin's parents, Teresa and Roy Relethford, are preparing for a difficult sentencing day.
My baby is gone, said Roy. All I have is pictures to look at. I don't have him to talk to anymore, and nobody has shown anything... no remorse, no sympathy.
I am disappointed. He's getting a slap on the hand, said Teresa, referring to Money's plea agreement.
Instead of facing vehicular homicide, Money is charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence.
Under the plea agreement, Money could face a maximum of 364 days behind bars for each crime. However, the King County Prosecutor's office is recommending a year in jail and six months of treatment programs, partly because there were issues with evidence in the case. For example, Money's blood work showed drugs in his system, but it was not admissible since officers did not have a warrant, something now required for a blood draw due to Missouri vs. McNeely, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Those close to Justin said it is far from justice.
Money is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Kent Regional Justice Center.
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