Possible plea deal in reckless homicide case
News-Sun staff report October 7, 2013 12:38PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:12AM
An attorney for Round Lake resident Anthony Cechini, 24, who is charged with reckless homicide and DUI for a Sept. 29, 2012, crash that killed 21-year-old David Letchinger Jr. of McHenry, said Monday his client will likely plead guilty in the case.
At a pretrial hearing Monday, Oct. 7, defense attorney Douglas Zeit said Cechini will probably enter a straight guilty plea rather than go to a trial on the charges.
A negotiated plea deal had been in the works when Cechini, out on bond for the reckless homicide charges, was arrested and charged with domestic battery involving strangulation in early September. He has since remained in Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond for both the existing and new charges.
Cechini appeared before Judge Daniel Shanes Monday as prosecutors and Zeit discussed potential status dates and the likelihood of a plea rather than a trial, at least on the original charges.
Zeit said he would know by a Oct. 18 whether his client would make a plea or go to trial on the original charges.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humke said he will have to talk to the complaining witness in the battery case before making a decision on any possible plea deals with regard to the more recent charges.
A trial date of Oct. 28 had been set for Cechini, but that no longer seems likely.