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updated: 3/10/2017 2:02 PM

Wauconda man pleads guilty to being impaired in fatal crash

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  • Brandon Stang of Wauconda.

    Brandon Stang of Wauconda.


A Wauconda man pleaded guilty to charges he was under the influence of marijuana when the car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in Volo.

Brandon A. Stang, 23, of the 400 block of North Main Street, is due to be sentenced to prison April 6 after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death Friday in front of Judge James Booras.

Additional counts of aggravated DUI and reckless homicide were dropped in exchange for the plea deal.

Stang faces 3 to 14 years in prison, Assistant Lake County State's Attorney Dan Brown said. The charge is also probationable if defense attorney Greg Nikitas proves extraneous circumstances exist in the crash, Brown said.

Police said Stephanie V. Kostenko, 22, of Lake Zurich, was crossing Route 12 near Route 120 at 2:30 a.m. May 5 when she was hit by a 2008 Ford Mustang driven by Stang.

Kostenko died from the multiple injuries she sustained during the crash, authorities said.

Authorities said medical tests performed on Stang after the crash confirmed the presence of marijuana in his system.

Stang remains free from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $100,000 bail.

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