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UPDATE: Canyon Country man sentenced to jail in brother’s death

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Posted: January 24, 2013 3:09 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2013 5:07 p.m.

The brother of a man killed in a single-car crash on Soledad Canyon Road last summer received a 180-day jail sentence Thursday after entering a plea of no contest to a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Anthony Santos Hernandez, 25, of Canyon Country, appeared in Santa Clarita Court and, when asked by Judge Hilleri G. Merritt how he pleaded, he said quietly: “No contest.”

The judge asked him if he understands that a plea of “No contest” is interpreted by the court as a guilty plea.

He said he understood.

Hernandez, wearing a black-and-white flannel shirt, jeans and sneakers, sat quietly in the courtroom until his name was called.

Once he entered his plea, he was ordered back to court next month to begin serving the 180-day sentence in Los Angeles County Jail. He also received three years’ probation.

Hernandez also admitted Thursday to having violated conditions of probation he was serving for a couple of prior convictions.

The Canyon Country man was placed on probation in July 2011 after he pleaded no contest to one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

On Thursday he admitted violating the terms of that probation and, for that, he received 365 days in county jail, to run concurrent with the 180-day sentence.

In addition, Hernandez admitted to having violated his probation for a 2012 conviction for reckless driving, as well as a misdemeanor of driving with a suspended license conviction from 2010.

The judge revoked and reinstated his probation on those misdemeanors.

Hernandez’ brother, Luis Castillo, died in an early morning crash July 10 when the car in which he was a passenger left the roadway and struck a raised center median on Soledad Canyon Road just west of Camp Plenty Road.

Herandez was injured in the crash and remained hospitalized for at least two weeks.

Three months later, prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed a misdemeanor complaint of vehicular manslaughter against him.

They also charged him with speeding for allegedly violating a section of the California Vehicle Code.

The deputy district attorney did not pursue the speeding charge at Thursday’s court hearing.
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