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Hit-and-run driver who killed couple found guilty, faces life in prison

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The driver who killed a pregnant woman and her new husband in a hit-and-run crash in 2013 is facing life in prison after a jury found him guilty on Friday of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Julio Acevedo was also found guilty of two counts of leaving the scene of a crash for smashing his Bavarian Motor Works ride into the livery cab carrying Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, to a hospital. Friends and family of the young couple say that justice has been served, but that no prison sentence could be long enough to make up for Acevedo’s reckless driving, and his fleeing to Pennsylvania.

“Julio Acevedo is not only a murderer who killed the Glauber couple and their unborn child, but is also a coward for leaving the scene and the state for four days,” said family friend and spokesman Isaac Abraham. “I would give him three times life. He took three lives, and the issue of the baby did not really even come up in court.”

Acevedo was speeding at about 70 miles an hour down Kent Avenue early on the morning of March 3, 2013 when he crashed into the cab at Wilson Avenue, prosecutors said. The newlyweds died, and the cabbie suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel delivered the baby and he survived for a day after his parents had died, according to reports.

Acevedo hopped out of his car momentarily to view the carnage, then fled, the District Attorney’s Office said. Police arrested him in Pennsylvania four days later.

Acevedo’s lengthy criminal history, including a manslaughter rap for the 1987 killing of stickup artist Kelvin “50 Cent” Martin, whose nickname the famed rapper took for his own, makes the charges carry 25 years to life imprisonment.

Acevedo’s lawyer said he does not believe the conviction was appropriate given the evidence, and that he plans to ask the judge to overturn the conviction at the March 18 sentencing.

“Our argument is that speeding alone is not enough to rise to the level of reckless or negligent conduct,” said attorney Scott Brettschneider. “We believe we have very strong grounds for getting this overturned, and if not that, then an appeal.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Catch and release from Plea bargain city says:
You carry a gun for no other reason than to do harm, shoot someone in cold blood and get manslaughter. Take a look at all these graduates of the catch and release plea bargain system. Imagine how low the crime rate would be if they were properly sentenced.
Feb. 21, 2015, 10:31 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
“Our argument is that speeding alone is not enough to rise to the level of reckless or negligent conduct,” said attorney Scott Brettschneider.

In what twisted lala land of non-reality is driving 70 mph down Kent Avenue not reckless or negligent conduct?!?! (Not to mention fleeing the scene.)
Feb. 23, 2015, 11:52 am
BS from New York City says:
He didn't intend to kill anyone. Everyone speeds. His past history has no relevance in this matter. This could have happened to anyone of us. It doesn't make us murderers. And being scared and hiding is a human quality. Especially when you live in a society that loves to incarcerate you, wrong or not.

The mayor was recently clocked at 70 mph , blowing traffic lights, etc.

While emotions run high in an unfortunate tragedy like this, level heads must prevail.
Feb. 23, 2015, 11:53 am
Jimmy from PPS says:
Drive down Kent Avenue at 70 mph and tell me that is "everyone speeds." And, BS, the mayor driving dangerously doesn't make Mr. Acevedo magically lacking culpability. If the mayor's driver killed people due to reckless driving, I'd expect a similar result.

By the way, being a generally crappy human being is always taken into account in sentencing decisions (i.e., Should we be lenient because it's a first offense? Or go with the full sentence?)
Feb. 23, 2015, 2:09 pm
Actually Jimmy from He is a killer says:
Two weeks prior this same guy got arrested for DWI. So I guess his past does count...
Feb. 23, 2015, 2:34 pm
Guest from NYC says:
This was a hit-and-run. No regard for human life. Fvck em.
Feb. 23, 2015, 5:02 pm
BS from New York City says:
Let he who is without speed throw the first stone.

And no, being a generally crappy person in your eyes or that of the "general public" doesn't make him guilty even in the slightest way.

The days of the angry town's people having their justice is no more.

Vehicular manslaughter is BS when it's a result of unintended circumstances.
Feb. 23, 2015, 8:08 pm
Judahspechal from Bedstuy says:
I am confused a bit here. Is a life sentence for this guy to make up for those over the years who have gotten away with death caused by vehicular accidents/failures to yield, etc.
Look at the guy who ran down that little girl in a Queens sidewalk w/ her grandma. He got off & there was a video
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:24 am
Judahspechal from Bedstuy says:
That should say Queens crosswalk
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:25 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
I support this verdict. If more reckless drivers were similarly convicted for killing others, perhaps there would be much less speeding in the city and far fewer drivers driving while texting, talking on their cellphones, or intoxicated.
Feb. 24, 2015, 11:47 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
BS - What are talking about "unintended circumstances"??!!

He was driving at least 70 mph down Kent Avenue!!

So, if I have a big knife and I hold it straight in front of me and start running through crowds of people. What will happen? But I didn't *mean* to stab people! I just wanted to run really fast with a sharp knife! How dare you convict me for manslaughter!

By the way, BS, the crime MANSLAUGHTER is exactly what is charged when you kill someone but it is not considered cold-blooded, intentional murder. Slightly less culpability than, "I am going to drive my car tonight and kill someone." BUT he is DEFINITELY guilty of killing people... i.e., manslaughter.

And the fact that the NYC district attorneys and the NYPD have been terrible at bothering to convict people for their heinous offenses has nothing to do with this case. They actually did the right thing here. This should be a model for other similar instances that happen far too often with often not even a friggin' ticket.

(Also, BS, I never said his past crimes have anything to do with determining his guilt of innocence. It has to do with the SENTENCING. First offense, light sentence. Hopefully you will learn you lesson. Pattern of criminality where previous punishment clearly hasn't had an impact, you get the FULL sentence. This isn't particularly new.)
Feb. 24, 2015, 2:47 pm

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