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US black man with autism received a pardon for 10-year sentence, but remains behind bars – Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: Nearly two years ago, Rushin walked out of his family’s Virginia Beach home to pick up pastries at a nearby Panera and never made it back.

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OPINION: Already, Matthew Rushin is thinking about the molasses-coloured pepper pot his mom cooks.
The 22-year-old US citizen with autism has told her that the national dish of Guyana, where she grew up, is the first meal he wants when he comes home from prison in the US state of Virginia.
“It takes about five hours to make,” Lavern Rushin says, planning, not complaining.
For more than a year – since that day a judge sentenced her son to serve 10 years of a 50-year sentence following a life-altering…

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