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Man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in deadly crash

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

On the day his trial was supposed to begin, a man charged for a deadly head-on crash entered a surprise guilty plea.

23-year-old Diego Benavides pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in Jessamine County Monday morning.

Benavides was then sentenced to five years in prison.

In November 2008, 20-year-old Kyle Feck was killed when Benavides' car crashed into his on U.S. 68.

Feck was an EKU student and a member of the Kentucky National Guard.

"My overwhelming emotion was just absolute total grief, and shock," said Linda Feck.

Kyle's mother Linda says the unexpected death of her son is still causing a lot of pain and suffering for her and her family.

"Even though he died at the hands of someone else, my thought was, I don't hate this guy, I hate what he did," she said.

Not seeking revenge, Linda says, she's seeking remorse and for Benavides to take responsibility for his actions.

"Someday I might find forgiveness in my heart," she said. "But he will get out of jail eventually and live his life. While we will never get to see Kyle again."

Kyle a 2006 graduate of Lexington Christian Academy and a member of the Kentucky National Guard had recently enrolled at EKU before he was killed.

Benavides will be officially sentenced next Friday, Aug. 26.


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