Round Lake man pleads not guilty to battery
By Jim Newton email@example.com | @JimNewton5 September 30, 2013 10:52AM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:09AM
A Round Lake man charged with reckless homicide and DUI has pleaded not guilty to new charges, including a felony count of domestic battery by strangulation, involving incidents that allegedly occurred while he was out on bond.
Anthony Cechini, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic battery by strangulation, a Class 2 felony, unlawful restraint and two county of domestic battery causing bodily harm at an arraignment last week.
The charges stem from an early September incident involving his ex-girlfriend, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humke.
Cechini had been released from Lake County Jail on the reckless homicide charges last October after he posted 10 percent of a $250,000 bond.
He 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 in Fox Lake. A passenger in the rear seat was also injured in the crash.
Following his arrest on the domestic violence charges, he is now in Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond for both the existing and new charges.
Prior to his latest arrest, 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.
Cechini is now scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 7 with a preliminary trial date set for Oct. 28.