Man out on bond for reckless homicide arrested for battery
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2013 4:14PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:48AM
A Round Lake man who had been out of jail on bond on reckless homicide and DUI charges was arrested last weekend and charged with unlawful restraint and domestic battery.
As a result, Anthony Cechini, 24, was taken to bond court following his arrest and is now in Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond for both the existing and new charges.
Cechini is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in a Sept. 29, 2012, crash that killed 21-year-old David Letchinger Jr. of McHenry. Letchinger was the front-seat passenger in Cechini’s car when it crashed into a tree in the 100 block of Nippersink Boulevard.
A passenger in the rear seat was also injured in the crash.
Cechini had been released from Lake County Jail last October after he posted 10 percent of a $250,000 bond.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys had been in the process of discussing a plea-deal arrangement on the reckless homicide charge and Judge Daniel Shanes had set a Sept. 16 deadline for such a deal to be finalized.
Now, following the latest charges, the possibility of such a deal is uncertain.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humke said Wednesday, Sept. 11, that a hearing set in Shanes’ courtroom for Friday has been cancelled and a date of Oct. 7 is scheduled.
Cechini is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, Sept. 12, for a status hearing on whether he can get his phone back, according to Humke. A preliminary status hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Sept. 30.
Last month, Humke said he had been in contact with Letchinger’s family to ensure that any possible plea deal would be considered just in their eyes.
At that time, Humke noted that the case is nearly a year old.
“It’s going on a year now and it’s been a long process for them,” he said.