Teen may face nine months for Everett crash that killed a man

The 18-year-old recently pleaded guilty to three felonies, including vehicular homicide.

EVERETT — An Everett teen is facing the consequences of a string of crimes committed as he approached adulthood, including causing the 2016 death of an elderly man.

In recent weeks, Sergey Chmukh, 18, has pleaded guilty to three felonies, according to documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court. He is scheduled for sentencing on each this month.

The most serious offense could carry the least punishment. That’s because Chmukh was 17 when he was charged in the court’s juvenile division with the October 2016 death of Roy Bennett, 89.

Detectives determined Chmukh was driving an estimated 83 mph when his car crashed into Bennett’s vehicle along on 112th Street SE in south Everett.

Chmukh had a learner’s permit. He initially denied speeding and blamed the crash on Bennett.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and legally acknowledged the death was the result of his disregard for the safety of others. His sentencing will be in juvenile court later this month. Documents indicate he faces a presumptive maximum sentence of nine months in the custody of juvenile authorities.

On Jan. 24, Chmukh pleaded guilty in adult court to two felonies with domestic violence allegations: residential burglary and attempted residential burglary. The offenses occurred in May and August, after Chmukh had turned 18 and while he was free awaiting trial on the vehicular homicide allegation, court papers show.

Both incidents involved his ex-girlfriend, whom he previously had been convicted of assaulting and is banned from contacting.

She reported Chmukh broke into her home, prowled around the family’s back yard and held her against her will in a bathroom stall at the Lynnwood Recreation Center, among other incidents.

After the adult charges were filed, Chmukh was ordered held on $100,000 bail. On Friday, he was listed as booked at the county jail in Everett.

The residential burglary conviction carries a prison sentence of up to 14 months, documents show.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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