The 17-year-old son of a rich Los Angeles businessman pleaded responsible to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence Friday, greater than two months after the Lamborghini SUV he was dashing in crashed into and killed 32-year-old Monique Munoz.
The teenager, who Fox Information will not be naming as a result of he’s a minor, was driving 106 mph on the level of affect, a spokesperson for the LA County district legal professional’s workplace informed Fox Information.
He was positioned on home arrest and is due again in court docket on June 30.
Prosecutors mentioned that the teenager had been cited twice for dashing final fall, together with one October infraction when he was stopped for going 72 mph on metropolis streets, in accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions.
Monique Munoz’s mom, Carol Cardona, informed Fox Information that Friday was “overwhelming for me and my household.”
Munoz’s uncle, Richard Cartier, informed the Los Angeles Occasions that he desires to see the teenager face jail time.
“I need his father to really feel his son gone for years, as a result of Monique is gone for all times,” Cartier informed the newspaper.
The teenager’s father, James Khuri, is described by Forbes as a “serial entrepreneur” who “owns 4 actual property corporations and 5 manufacturing and distribution corporations.”
Khuri has a flashy model on social media, the place he posts footage of luxurious sports activities automobiles to his greater than 1.three million Instagram followers. He posted an apology to the Munoz household on March 10.
“Realizing that this may by no means do justice for the household of Monique Munoz, I need to apologize to the Munoz household for the tragic lack of their daughter,” Khuri wrote a couple of weeks after the crash. “I understand none of my phrases or actions will have the ability to convey again your daughter. Nonetheless, I need to provide my help in any means you’ll enable me to. My household and I pray for the Munoz household.”
Munoz’s household has accused authorities in Los Angeles of treating the teenager otherwise as a result of he comes from a rich household. Munoz’s mom informed Fox Information in early March that she thought the teenager was “being protected given [the] standing of his dad.”
Pals, household, and supporters gathered outdoors the courthouse throughout Friday’s listening to, a few of them pushing for the teenager to be tried as an grownup.
The utmost sentence for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in California is six years.
The teenager’s legal professional, Mark Werksman, informed the LA Occasions that his consumer will doubtless get something from probation to 9 months in a juvenile facility.
“He’s extraordinarily remorseful and has admitted the juvenile petition so as to reveal his regret and his willingness to just accept the results of his actions,” Werksman informed the newspaper.