Families ask for stiffer sentence for ex-cop in deadly DUI crash

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Relatives of two men killed by an off-duty North Chicago police officer who was driving drunk went to court today to ask the judge for a longer prison sentence.

Investigators say Terrell Garrett was driving north in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Belmont last March when he crashed his SUV head-on into a car.

College students Joaquin Garcia and Fabian Torres were killed, and third person was severely injured.

Circuit Court Judge Mary Margaret Brosnahan announced she’ll sentence Garrett to 10 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea.

But the familiy of Fabian Torres is asking the judge to hold off on a sentence until they can give a victim impact statement.

Both families claim Garrett has been getting special treatment because he was a police officer.

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3 comments

  • Richard

    What happen to charges against John Ardelean the cop that killed two mexicans on 90/94. he did't get sentence because the charges were dropped illnois justice system is a joke .

  • DUI Orange County

    "Both families claim Garrett has been getting special treatment because he was a police officer."

    Each case is different, but it is truly sad when we see a trend of preferential treatment for law enforcement; despite the fact that they broke the law.