A Georgetown man took a plea deal in a Jessamine County manslaughter case this week two days before the jury trial was scheduled.
Diego R. Benavides, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to reckless homicide, admitting he caused the death of 20-year-old Kyle Feck on Nov. 1, 2008, when Feck and Benavides were drivers involved in a head-on collision on U.S. 68 between Ky. 169 and Catnip Hill Road.
Benavides had been scheduled for a jury trial Wednesday morning on a charge of second-degree manslaughter, a Class C felony that would have carried a penalty of between five and 10 years; the charge of reckless homicide, a Class D felony, is punishable by one to five years in prison.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office recommended a five-year split sentence for Benavides. His formal sentencing is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. in Jessamine Circuit Court.