Driver who plowed into Madison couple, killing husband, sentenced to 7 years

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UPDATE (WKOW) — Benjamin Cortes, the Madison man accused of speeding into and killing a man walking with his wife and dog, was sentenced today to 7 years in prison.

Police say Cortes was driving 102 mph April 27, 2018 in a 30 mph zone on Midvale Boulevard, when his car jumped the curb and hit Greg and Patty Nametz as they were walking their dog on the sidewalk.

Greg Nametz died. Patty Nametz was injured.

At a sentencing hearing Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas McNamara said Cortes needs prison as a time to consider the future and change.

“He did not want this to happen,” McNamara said of Cortes, but says he made poor choices.

” I would like to express how sorry I am for this tragic accident,”  Cortes says.  “I hope you can one day forgive me.”

McNamara said it is a “strength” of the Nametz family that they did not ask for the maximum sentence.

“The Nametz family not only lost their husband and father and brother, brother-in-law, neighbor, co-worker, friend, best buddy, classmate, just good person in the community, they lost the chance to say good bye to him,” McNamara said.

“It’s tough,”  Nametz’s brother, Hank Nametz tells 27 News.  “It’s one thing when you’re sick for awhile and you can nurture people and you expect inevitably you’re all going to die one day, but to be taken like this.”

Cortes was racing a friend, and had smoked marijuana before driving.

“Why was he going that fast?” Cortes’ attorney, Chris Wagner asked rhetorically.  “Because at nineteen, you think you’re invincible.”











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