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2 get probation in real life 'Weekend at Bernie's' case

6:39 PM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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Robert Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, had both entered into plea agreements.

Young pleaded to a felony charge of identity theft and the misdemeanor charge of abuse of a corpse. If Young stays out of trouble for the next two years, his felony charge will be dropped.

Rubinson pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse, but could go back to jail for a year if he violates his probation.

The two were accused of using 43-year-old Jeffrey Jarrett's credit card and driving him around on Aug. 27, 2011.

The two allegedly used Jarrett's credit card at several bars, including the Shotgun Willie's strip club, while Jarrett's body was in the car.

Jarrett had cocaine, Xanax, Subutex and trace amounts of alcohol in his system when he died. Subutex is a drug that helps with opiod drug addiction - like heroin and narcotic painkillers.

Rubinson says he thought Jarrett was just intoxicated. Young claims he didn't want to believe Jarrett was dead.

"A plea bargain is often the best circumstance to allow closure in moving forward instead of living in the past," prosecutor Kandace Gerdes said. "I think it is important for closure for everyone."

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