A Lee Circuit decide on Tuesday continued to Friday the sentencing of a North Naples man accused of stopping on Interstate seventy five and inflicting a deadly 2016, following hours of witness testimony, cross-examination and oral arguments.
After a full-day listening to, Lee Circuit Decide Ramiro Manalich stated he needed to take extra time earlier than saying the sentence of Zachary Kureth, 25, who faces felony fees of vehicular murder and reckless driving inflicting critical bodily damage, and a misdemeanor cost of reckless driving inflicting injury to individual or property.
“I advised counsel, they know from my prior follow, that particularly once I’ve been given this quantity of data that I do like to consider it and never make a snap determination from the bench,” Ramiro informed the half-full Fort Myers courtroom.
“And I do assume that is truthful to each side.”
Kureth’s scoresheet, some extent system that gives sentencing tips in Florida, provides as much as 12 years in jail, Assistant State Lawyer Martin Stark stated. Prosecutors on Tuesday requested for a sentence of a minimum of 10 years.
Kureth, who pleaded no contest to his expenses, was arrested following an April 19, 2016, crash that killed Robert Weinland, seventy nine, of Sarasota, and critically injured Weinland’s passenger and spouse, Gisela Weinland.
Florida Freeway Patrol troopers stated Kureth deliberately hit the brakes on southbound Interstate seventy five, between the Daniels Parkway and Alico Street exits, “in an act of street rage.”
Kureth, who had been positioned on probation eleven days earlier than the deadly crash after pleading responsible to a DUI, initially advised troopers that a automotive slowing down in entrance of him had triggered the crash, prosecutors stated.
However video footage from a close-by warehouse confirmed Kureth driving in entrance of Weinland’s minivan and slowing to a whole cease earlier than a tractor trailer plowed into the again of Weinland’s automotive seconds later.
On Tuesday throughout his testimony, Kureth admitted that he wasn’t truthful with troopers at first.
“I used to be scared; I used to be additionally on probation on the time,” Kureth, wearing a pink jumpsuit, shackles round his waist, stated, studying from a letter. “I lied to a number of officers, and I lied to myself.
“I do know why I slowed down, however I don’t know why I ended.”
Kureth additionally apologized to the Weinland household — lots of whom additionally testified Tuesday, together with Robert Weinland’s daughters and spouse — and requested for his or her forgiveness.
“Mr. Weinland was not solely your husband, he was a father and a grandfather. I do know it didn’t solely influence your life however your complete household. Sorry won’t be sufficient. I can’t really categorical my regret for you and your loved ones,” Kureth stated.
“It’s not truthful you misplaced your loving husband. I want that day occurred in another way. I can’t change the previous, however I simply ask that you simply and your loved ones please forgive me.”
That day Robert and Gisela Weinland have been driving their 2015 Chrysler City & Nation to the airport on their option to catch a…