Antioch teen convicted in 2013 drag-racing death denied pass to visit family on Christmas


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WAUKEGAN, Illinois — A judge has denied a northern Illinois teenager convicted in connection with a fatal 2013 drag-racing crash a pass to visit family on Christmas Day.

Jeremy Betancourt of Antioch pleaded guilty in March to aggravated driving under the influence of marijuana. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of reckless homicide and aggravated street racing.

The 18-year-old was given a four-year probationary sentence that included 30 months of periodic imprisonment.

The Lake County News-Sun ( ) reports Betancourt asked Judge George Strickland for a pass to visit his mother's home on Christmas. The judge denied Betancourt's request on Tuesday, noting that the victim's family would also be missing her on the holidays.

Sixteen-year-old Cynthia Perez died after being thrown from the vehicle as it rolled over.

Information from: The News Sun,

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