25 years to life in prison for fatal crash that left Brooklyn couple, premature infant dead

April 14, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Julio Acevedo, 46, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Williamsburg in 2013 that left a young couple and their premature infant dead.

A Brooklyn jury found Acevedo guilty in February of two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide. The latter charge was related to the baby’s death.

According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Acevedo faced up to 15 years in prison on the top count, but because he was deemed to be a persistent felony offender, in the court’s discretion, based on his criminal history he received an enhanced sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors estimated that Acevedo was going 70 mph — more than twice the legal speed limit — when he smashed into a livery car in March 2013. Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, died that day. Their son, Tanchem, delivered by cesarean section, died a day later.

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The deaths left the couple’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn grief-stricken and touched off an intense manhunt for the 44-year-old suspect, who served time in the 1990s for a shooting conviction.

Good Samaritans who stopped to help the victims told investigators that Acevedo assured them he wasn’t hurt; prosecutors said he slipped away on foot, fully aware of the carnage. He surrendered in Bethlehem, Pa., after five days on the run.

Acevedo’s family described him as a dedicated family man who quit his job to become a stay-at-home father.

-Information from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and The Associated Press

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