The Key Biscayne musician who killed a cyclist in a drunk driving hit-and-run crash will not learn his sentence until at least Wednesday.
A judge delayed pronouncing a sentence until a psychologist can examine Carlos Bertonatti’s brother, who is asking to testify during the sentencing hearing.
Miguel Bertonatti is claiming he stole his brother’s identity in racking up dozens of traffic violations in Carlos’ name over the years. The testimony, which could open Miguel Bertonatti to criminal prosecution, is aimed at softening the impact of Carlos’ horrendous driving record.
Miguel’s lawyer said his client had a history of mental illness.
Carlos Bertonatti, whose driving record lists 46 citations, is facing between 11.56 and 37 years in prison. His sentencing hearing began Monday and continued Tuesday, with his supporters taking the stand to talk about Bertonatti’s budding music career.
In January 2010, the 32-year-old ran over cyclist Christophe LeCanne on the Bear Cut Bridge, dragging the bicycle for more than two miles before officers caught up with him. Bertonatti pleaded guilty in February.