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Fox Lake man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 3:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:49 p.m. CDT

WAUKEGAN – A Fox Lake man pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated driving under the influence that resulted in death, just over a year after a crash that killed a McHenry man and injured another.

Anthony Cechini, 24, of Fox Lake, faces three to 14 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 5. While prosecutor Jason Humke wouldn’t discuss what he will ask for during sentencing, he said it will be “enough to make people think twice” about getting in a car after drinking.

“As this case shows, you only need one opportunity to destroy somebody’s else life,” Humke said.

According to Fox Lake police, Cechini was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when his car hit a tree in the 100 block of Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake, around 4 p.m. Sept. 29, 2012. A passenger, David Letchinger Jr., 21, of McHenry had to be freed from the car and was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he died. Cechini and another passenger who was not identified had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Before the sentencing occurs, though, Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said he wants resolution in another case pending against Cechini.

Cechini was charged Sept. 5 of this year with aggravated domestic battery and strangulation, two counts of domestic battery resulting in bodily harm and unlawful restraint.

A pretrial hearing in that case is scheduled for Nov. 8.

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