Last October, 24-year-old Ulises Beltran lost control of his car while driving drunk, killing one of his passengers, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Beltran later pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI for the wreck that killed Victor Ortega. On Tuesday, he received what seems like a slap on the wrist for such a serious DUI offense. He’ll be on probation for the next four years and will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device at all times.
Beltran crashed the car while driving east on the Jane Addams Tollway near Elgin. According to authorities, he had a blood-alcohol level of .169 percent at the time of his arrest. That’s more than double the legal limit of .08 percent.
Under Illinois law, any DUI resulting in serious bodily injury or death is an aggravated DUI. It’s generally a Class 4 felony, and is punishable by a maximum fine of $25,000, loss of driving privileges for at least a year, and up to 12 years in prison.
However, if a person is killed as a result of the DUI, as is the case here, it’s a Class 2 felony. Beltran could have faced anywhere from 3 to 14 years in prison for the crime.
So why didn’t he receive any jail time? Ortega’s mother testified at the hearing, telling the judge that she didn’t want Beltran sentenced to prison time for the incident, according to prosecutors.
Beltran will now have to wear an anklet that can detect any alcohol use for the next two years. However, Judge Marmarie Kostelny said that if Beltran refrains from drinking for the next year, she’d let him off the alcohol monitor. Regardless, Beltran cannot use or possess alcohol at any time over the next four years.