21-year-old John Cusick pleaded guilty to driving while drunk and high, which lead to a motor vehicle accident in June 2009 that almost killed two Philadelphia police officers. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley sentenced Cusick with six to 12 years in state prison followed by 10 years of probation. Cusick said he felt that he needed rehab rather than time behind bars, but Brinkley didn't agree.
Although he was looking forward to spending the Thanksgiving holiday with his family, Brinkley said John Cusick's sentence was to begin immediately. "Hearing the agony and unbearable pain that the families have expressed, this sentence is absolutely necessary," she told him. Cusick's Philadelphia DUI lawyer William J. Ciancaglini said the sentence was fair.