A Florida man who killed three people in 2014 in a car accident, was sentenced to 10 nights in jail — to be served on the anniversary of the crash each year.
(Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office)
A Florida driver who pleaded guilty to vehicle homicide for 2014 in a crash that killed three people – including his sister – was handed an unusual sentence this week.
Erick Betancourt, 24, was ordered by the Judge Alan Fine to spend a night in jail each year on the anniversary of the accident for the next 10 years, the Miami Herald reported.
Betancourt was driving when his car veered into the wrong lane on Miami’s Krome Avenue and crashed into another car for 2 hours in January 2014. Those killed were Betancourt’s teenage sister and two men in the other car, including the 22-year-old electronic music artist Anthony “DJ SonicC” Rodriguez.
Erick Betancourt was also ordered to complete community service, including clean-up of a memorial for the victims of the deadly crash.
Law enforcement officials said Betancourt was driving almost 30 mph above the speed limit, but was not drunk or otherwise impaired, according to the Miami Herald. He and his sister were returning home from a wedding.
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Betancourt’s defense said that he veered into the oncoming lane after swerving to avoid hitting another car.
He was also ordered Monday to complete community service and meet other conditions, including the cleaning of a memorial erected for the victims.
Rodriguez’s mother called the sentence “ridiculous” and said Betancourt should see “what kind of consequences.” He had faced up to 27 years in prison, the Miami Herald reported.
Jonathan Schwartz, Betancourt’s lawyer, called the ruling “incredibly motivated” and ” creative.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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