Teen Accused Of Running Over 4-Year-Old Ariel Russo Rejects Plea Deal, But Judge Gives Him Time To Reconsider

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Franklin Reyes Jr., the teenager accused of striking and killing 4-year-old Ariel Russo with an SUV, rejected a plea deal in court Wednesday.

In January, Judge Gregory Carro told Reyes, 18, he would sentence him to three to nine years in prison if he pleaded guilty in the June 2013 death of Ariel Russo and three unrelated cases.

“He’s prepared to accept an offer, but not that offer,” defense lawyer Martin Schmukler told Carro in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

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Carro appeared stunned when Reyes turned down the deal. He informed him there would be no more offers, and then gave him until 10 a.m. Thursday to reconsider.

Reyes is accused of fatally running down Ariel while fleeing from police on the…

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