Greenberg gets 10 years, 5 to serve, in Barrington Boating Accident

Breaking news from the Providence Journal in the case of Ryan Greenberg:

Ryan Greenberg was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years, with 5 years to serve and 5 years of probation.

Greenberg is to serve 30 of those months at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston in minimum security and could participate in the prison’s work release program, if eligible, Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini said.

He is to serve the remaining 30 months in home confinement.  Greenberg gets credit for time already served. Greenberg is to report to the ACI Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Judge Procaccini rightly took aim at those who let the conditions ripen for this tragedy to occur:

Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini lashed at the Greenbergs and the Barrington police for their roles leading to the tragic death of Patrick Murphy on July 17, 2007.

“There was an obvious lack of close parental supervision,” Procaccini said, noting Greenberg had been diagnosed with behavioral disorders as early as age 7. At age 14, he said, documents showed Greenberg had undergone an extensive neurological evaluation that showed emotional and academic deficits and presented various treatment alternatives.

“None were [pursued] in a meaningful fashion,” Procaccini said.

Meanwhile, he said, the Barrington police allowed illegal teenage behavior, including underage drinking, to continue.

“The lack of diligence and follow through by the police is obvious to the court,” Procaccini said.

Most of the youths who were present at the July 17, 2007, fatal crash had had an encounter with the police earlier that afternoon as they drank alcohol at a well-known drinking area for teens.


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