Man sentenced to less than 1 year in jail in hit-and-run death of 5-year-old


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who hit a 5-year-old and drove off, then was arrested in Louisiana, was sentenced to less than a year in jail. According to the Travis County DA’s offiec, Jorge Granados pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Jan. 31.

Granados will serve 360 days in jail as part of his plea deal. He agreed he would not get credit for the time he has already served: 276 days.

Granados was arrested last April in Louisiana. He was wanted in connection to the hit-and-run death of Illianna Martinez. Illianna was in a car with her mother and step-father when Granados’ truck hit it on March 21, 2019. She died March 30.

A prosecutor explained it was a complicated situation that led to the plea deal. Granados was indicted on a failure to stop and render aid charge because during the investigation it became difficult to prove a manslaughter charge. In working with Illianna’s family and the defense, they agreed upon a criminally negligent homicide charge, which has a maximum sentence of two years. Usually someone is entitled to credit for time served under this charge, but Granados’ defense agreed he would not receive any.

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