Teen involved in deadly police chase rejects plea, case will go to trial

Kentwood chase plea

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The teen driver involved in the seven mile, high speed chase that ended in a crash that killed two people has rejected a plea deal and taking his chances in court. 

In March, Alex Torrez, 16, was involved in a high speed chase that started on U.S.-131 in Wyoming. Torrez lead Michigan State Police on a chase that ended in a crash that killed his cousin, who was in the passenger seat and the driver of another car, 21-year-old Tara Lynn Oskam.

Torrez was ordered to stand trial on two counts of second-degree murder, a potential life offense and appeared in court on Thursday for a status conference.

The prosecutor's office offered a deal, allowing Torrez to plead to one count of second-degree murder, however the agreement called for a minimum prison sentence of between 15 and 25 years. Torrez rejected the offer, and his case will now go to trial.

If he is convicted, sentencing guidelines call for a minimum term of between 19 and 31 years.

His trial before Judge Paul Sullivan will be set for later this year.

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