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Man Accused of Florida Hit-and-Runs Returning to Illinois

Ryan LeVin is expected to surrender to Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Monday



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    A local man accused of two hit-and-run deaths of British businessmen in Florida in 2009 is expected to surrender Monday to Illinois authorities for a separate parole violation.

    Ryan LeVin, 36, is expected to turn himself in at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. According to Cara Smith, chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Corrections, he will wait in Stateville until his parole board hearing later this summer, The Chicago Tribunereports.

    LeVin is accused of violating his parole in connection to an incident in 2006 where he ran over a Chicago police officer, which led to a high-speed chase on the Kennedy Expressway. He traveled to Florida without permission to answer the vehicular homicide charges against him.

    The state will ask the parole board to keep LeVin in jail for the violation of his parole. The time that LeVin will spend in prison has not yet been calculated, but it is expected to be less than six months, including the time spent in prison awaiting the parole board meeting.

    Earlier this month, LeVin was sentenced to two years of house arrest after pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide. Broward Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy agreed to allow LeVin a lesser sentence, which could have been up to 45 years in prison, after LeVin agreed to pay the families of the victims an undisclosed sum.

    LeVin had planned to serve his house arrest in one of the two oceanside condominiums that his parents own.

    He admitted to driving his Porsche 911 Turbo when it jumped a sidewalk and killed Craig Elford, 39, and Kenneth Watkinson, 48, as they were walking to their hotel in February 2009. LeVin originally said that it was his friend, Derek Cook, who was behind the wheel.

    The Florida judge's ruling had allowed LeVin to travel to Illinois to address the outstanding parole issue in his home state, Smith said.

    In the 2006 incident, LeVin was given probation and had court permission to travel to Four Lauderdale to look after his parents' properties in February 2009.

    A Cook County judge had revoked his probation and sentenced him to two years in prison for not completing drug counseling. About six months later, when released on parole, he was charged with the vehicular homicide in Florida.

    The Porsche that was involved in the crash has been impounded since then and LeVin's attorney returned to court last week, seeking the return of the car. The judge did not immediately rule on the request.