TAMPA, Fla. — The two men accused in a deadly 2018 Tampa street racing case are preparing to change their not-guilty pleas.
Cameron Herrin and John Barrineau are charged in the Bayshore Boulevard crash that claimed the life of 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger and her 21-month-old daughter, Lillia, who she was pushing in a stroller when she was hit by Herrin's Ford Mustang.
Herrin and Barrineau, who had been scheduled for trial next month, have negotiated plea agreements with prosecutors, their lawyers revealed Monday during a pretrial hearing.
Barrineau will plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor racing charge in exchange for six years in state prison, followed by 15 years of probation. If approved by a judge, the deal means he would waive his sentencing rights as a juvenile -- which he was at the time of the crash.
Herrin, on the other hand, will enter an "open plea" -- which would basically put him at the mercy of the judge. The court would be able to hear arguments from the prosecutors and defense team, but the judge will ultimately rule on his fate -- as opposed to a jury. That plea could result in many more years in prison, depending on what the judge decides.
Both men are expected to enter their pleas on Thursday via a hearing on Zoom. It's unclear when they'll be sentenced.
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