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Man surrenders in Illinois after Florida racing deaths

June 13, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man who pleaded guilty in Florida to running over and killing two British businessmen during a 2009 drag race - but avoided a prison sentence - turned himself in Monday to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a separate parole violation.

Ryan LeVin, 36, surrendered at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, the Chicago Tribune reported. LeVin will remain there until his parole board hearing this summer.

LeVin was granted probation after being convicted of running over a Chicago police officer before a high-speed chase in 2006. Authorities in Illinois said he violated his probation when he traveled to Florida, and they'll ask the parole board to imprison him again.

LeVin pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal crash in the Florida case. A judge in Broward County, Fla., sentenced him to two years of house arrest after he agreed to pay a confidential settlement to the two victims' families in a wrong death lawsuit. Prosecutors had been seeking a 10-year prison sentence.

LeVin also must never drive again.

Authorities say LeVin was racing his Porsche 911 Turbo in Fort Lauderdale in February 2009 when he lost control and hit two pedestrians, Craig Elford, 39, and Kenneth Watkinson, 48.

LeVin fled the scene, and the Porsche was later found abandoned. He had previously denied being the car's driver.

LeVin's parents founded a multimillion dollar suburban Chicago direct-sales company.

 
 
 

 

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