Brendan Khuri: James Khuri's son who killed secy gets away with house arrest at mansion
The 17-year-old who killed his dad's secretary by crashing his father's Lamborghini into her car at more than 100 mph has reportedly been sentenced to just seven to nine months at a juvenile camp.
Millionaire James Khuri's son Brendan Khuri was driving the Lamborghini Urus SUV with his girlfriend when he crashed it into Monique Munoz, 32, on February 17, killing her instantly. He was ordered to the prison camp at his sentencing on Thursday, October 21. Brendan began his prison stint six months after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in Inglewood Juvenile Court in April. However, his defense team outraged prosecutors by arguing their client should serve the majority of his sentence, about 4 years, on probation at his family's mansion, the Daily Mail reported.
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Mark Werksman, an attorney representing Brendan, said the teenager was diagnosed with autism, depression, and attention deficit disorder following the crash, where he allegedly sustained brain injuries. Meanwhile, psychologist Karen Schiltz testified before the Los Angeles County Superior Court that Brendan likely suffered from autism his entire life but was never diagnosed. She added that he would be "victimized" if he were sent to an LA County juvie camp.
On the other hand, Munoz's devastated family and friends demanded justice for her and blasted what they felt was a rather lenient sentence. "House arrest in a mansion is not punishment," Munoz's cousin Cynthia Crespin told the court last week. "He took an innocent life in a careless and senseless way," she added.
The LAPD revealed that Munoz died at the scene of the crash after being trapped in the wreckage. She had been preparing to start law school. The 32-year-old secretary's loved ones slammed the handling of the case, saying her killer had been treated differently thanks to his father's wealth and status. It's worth noting that James Khuri is a multi-millionaire who owns several real estate firms as well as an e-commerce business. Munoz's family believes the father is also criminally responsible for the deadly crash despite his repeated apologies regarding the incident.
According to the report, prosecutors had pushed for the 17-year-old to be sent to a juvenile camp because of his past record of reckless driving in Beverly Hills. LAPD officials testified in court how Brendan had been cited twice for excessive speeding and had even had his license suspended over his alleged antics on the supercar. What's more? The teen even boasted about his racing and drifting activities on social media in the weeks leading up to the crash. Richard Cartier, Munoz's uncle, had previously urged judges to deny house arrest for Brendan during protests over the case in August. "I'm looking for this kid to actually get what he deserves," Cartier told ABC 7. "He murdered my niece and he had no remorse for any life of any kind and he showed it."
"The Khuri family is devastated by the tragic accident on February 17, 2021, that caused the death of Monique Munoz," Werksman said in a statement to the Daily Mail. "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."