A 17 year-old who crashed a Lamborghini his dad gave him into a secretary’s car at 100mph and killed her has been sentenced to just seven to nine months at a juvenile camp.
Brendan Khuri, who son of millionaire James Khuri, 46, was behind the wheel of the Urus SUV racing with his girlfriend at 100mph when it crashed into Monique Munoz on February 17, killing her, and was ordered to the prison camp at his sentencing on Thursday.
He began his stint in custody six months after he pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in Inglewood Juvenile Court in April. But Brendan’s defense argued that he should serve the majority of his sentence in probation at his family’s mansion, outraging prosecutors.
Khuri’s attorney, Mark Werksman, said the teen was diagnosed with autism, depression and attention deficit disorder following the crash, where they claimed he sustained brain injuries, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Psychologist Karen Schiltz, who testified before the Los Angeles County Superior Court, said Brendan likely suffered from autism his entire life but was never diagnosed and that he would be ‘victimized’ if he were to be held in an LA County juvenile camp.
Brendan Khuri, 17, pictured with his father James, has been sentenced to seven to nine months at a LA juvenile camp, followed by four years probation
Monique Munoz died in the crash. The 32-year-old secretary was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene, LAFD said. She was planning to go to law school
Brendan’s black Lamborghini, left, collided against Munoz’s sedan on February 17
The teen is pictured exiting the vehicle while Munzo was trapped in the wreckage
But Munzo’s family demanded justice and said that the sentence was too light.
‘House arrest in a mansion is not punishment,’ Cynthia Crespin, Munoz’s cousin, said in court last week. ‘He took an innocent life in a careless and senseless way.’
Munzo had been trapped in the wreckage following the crash and died at the scene, the LA Police Department said. Munzo had been preparing to start law school.
Her friends and family have lashed out at the handling of the case, saying the teen has been treated differently because of his dad’s wealth and status.
James is a multi-millionaire who owns several real estate firms and an e-commerce business.
Munoz’s family have called for James to also face criminal responsibility for the deadly car crash despite his repeated apologies regarding the accident.
Protests erupted over the summer during Brendan’s trial in LA County
Protestors demanded James Khuri also be held accountable for his son’s actions
The protestors said Brendan was receiving special treatment due to his family’s wealth
An LAPD detective said they are also investigating James Khuri’s social media posts where the teen’s merchandise mogul father appears to post about his luxury sports cars
Prosecutors had pushed for Brendan to spend time in a juvenile camp because of his previous record driving recklessly in Beverly Hills.
LA police officials testified that the teen had been cited twice for excessive speeding and had even had his license suspended over his antics in the Lamborghini, which retails for a minimum of $218,000.
The teen had also put up social media posts about his racing and drifting activities in the weeks before the deadly crash.
Munoz’s uncle, Richard Cartier, had called on the court to deny house arrest for the Brendan during protests over the case in August.
Munoz’s stepfather Isaac Cordona spoke in an interview with DailyMail.com last week. Cordona is pictured with Munoz and her mother Caroline
‘I’m looking for this kid to actually get what he deserves,’ Muñoz’s uncle Richard Cartier told ABC 7. ‘He murdered my niece and he had no remorse for any life of any kind and he showed it.
Munoz’s stepfather, Isaac Cordona, 55, of Hawthorne, California, spoke of his heartbreak in an interview with DailyMail.com earlier this year.
His wife, Monique’s mother Carol, 54, was too upset to speak to DailyMail.com but told of her heartbreak in a Facebook post on February 18.
She wrote: ‘My baby my life my everything my heart is broken in so many pieces mommy is going to miss you sooo much.
‘I LOVE YOU FOREVER BABY FEELS LIKE A BAD DREAM RIP MY BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS.’
Munoz’s parents demanded justice for their daughter’s death
Following the crash, dozens of protesters gathered at the site of the crash chanting and holding up signs saying ‘Justice for Monique’.
Werksman said in a statement to DailyMail.com: ‘The Khuri family is devastated by the tragic accident on February 17, 2021 that caused the death of Monique Munoz. Their hearts go out to the Munoz family for their incomparable loss.
‘Lawyers for the Khuri family and the Munoz family have worked out a financial settlement in order to allow the families to heal, and they are in the process of finalizing those details. They ask for privacy during this sad and traumatic time.