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Sentencing Again Delayed in Fatal "Huffing" Case

Judge set a sentencing date of Sept. 17 for Carly Rousso



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    It will be two more months before Carly Rousso is sentenced for driving over and killing a 5-year-old north suburban girl after inhaling a computer cleaning agent.

    Lake County Judge James Booras on Wednesday set a sentencing date of Sept. 17 for the Highland Park 20-year-old, who was convicted of aggravated DUI and pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the Labor Day 2012 crash that killed Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento.

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    Booras said he could fit the sentencing in his schedule this week, but defense attorney Douglas Zeit said he was not prepared to proceed. Booras said he was then unavailable to hold the hearing in August.

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    Prosecutors say Carly Rousso inhaled dangerous chemicals and drove the family car into a family as they walked on the sidewalk on Labor Day. Kim Vatis reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012)

    Rousso faces up to 14 years in prison.

    Santos-Sacramento was walking with her mother and two siblings on a Central Avenue sidewalk in downtown Highland Park when she was run over by the car driven by Rousso, who admitted to “huffing” or inhaling the cleaning agent.

    At the beginning of her trial, Rousso pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, but maintained her not guilty plea to aggravated DUI, the more serious of the charges. She was then convicted of the second charge during a bench trial.

    Her sentencing was initially delayed after Zeit filed a post-trial motion challenging the constitutionality of the state’s Intoxicating Compounds Act. Last week, Booras denied that motion and upheld the conviction.

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