On Friday 36-year-old Ryan LeVin was sentenced to two years house arrest for the February 13, 2009, drag-racing crash that resulted in the deaths of two businessmen visiting Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, from Warwickshire, England.
LeVin, who is from the Chicago area, was also given 10 years probation and ordered to never drive again and to pay the victims’ families an unknown settlement in response to the wrongful death lawsuits they filed.
The son of the wealthy family that founded Jewels by Park Lane, LeVin mowed down the two businessmen—Craig Elford, 39, and Kenneth Watkinson, 48—with his $120,000 Porsche 911 Turbo, which careened onto a sidewalk while drag-racing a friend at over 100 mph down Ft. Lauderdale’s State Road A1A.
The men died at the scene, just yards from the hotel where they were staying.
LeVin fled the crash site and had the friend he was drag-racing abandon his Porsche on an interstate ramp.
Levin pled guilty today in a Florida courtroom, taking an open plea that ended in two years home confinement instead of the 20 to 45 years in prison that he faced.
“The wives and children of the deceased were significantly and permanently impacted by this incident, and they have indicated … that there exists a great necessity for restitution which the defendant can, and will, make, if permitted a sentence devoid of incarceration,” wrote LeVin’s defense attorney in court documents.
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