Judge to issue sentence in fatal DUI crash

Carlos Bertonatti faces sentencing for DUI manslaughter in Christophe LeCanne's death


MIAMI – On Thursday, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge will sentence a 32-year-old man who pleaded guilty to killing a bicyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway in January 2010.

Carlos Bertonatti faces up to 37 years in prison in the drunk-driving death of Christophe LeCanne.

Prosecutors asked for an 18-year prison sentence, recalling that Bertonatti drove away and never looked back at LeCanne -- despite crushing the of his car windshield, dragging LeCanne's mangled bicycle, and eventually fighting officers drawing his blood to test.

Bertonatti's attorney, Robert Pertierre, asked the judge to impose the legal minimum sentence -- four years in prison -- including the 27 months Bertonatti has already served.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Bronwyn Miller is scheduled to impose the sentence at 10:30 a.m.

2013 Fla. Statutes for DUI penalties

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