Matthew Rushin, a former Old Dominion University student sentenced to 10 years for a car crash that left a man severely disabled, was released from prison Monday after getting a conditional pardon from the governor last year.

Rushin was released from Nottoway Correctional Center in Burkeville after having served two years and two months. He’s been incarcerated since the night of the Jan. 4, 2019, incident.

“We’re overwhelmed with emotion and joy and just elated that he’s finally home,” said Rushin’s mother, Lavern.

The first thing the 22-year-old wanted to do after leaving the prison was get a cheeseburger, Lavern Rushin said. They went to a Silver Diner restaurant in Richmond, where he ordered the cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate milkshake, she said. Tomorrow his family plans to take him to a hospital to have a cyst on his pituitary gland checked out.

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