Following a road rage altercation in Miami in 2019, Mexican actor Pablo Lyle punched a man to death, earning him a five-year prison term on Friday. The verdict came nearly four years after Lyle was accused of killing a man in a traffic accident by striking him.
The punishment was given two months after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez denied the actor’s plea for a new trial and upheld the jury’s guilty verdict. The 36-year-old Mexican telenovela star who starred in “Yankee,” a Netflix crime series, received a 15-year prison term as the highest possible. In addition, the actor was given 500 hours of community service, 500 hours of conflict resolution training, and an eight-year probationary period.
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There is a 30-day appeal period for the actor. Lyle appeared composed and showed regret throughout the more than three-hour hearing while wearing a red jail uniform. Since his conviction on October 4, he has been in custody.
“I am very sorry,” Lyle said in Spanish, looking at some of the members of the Hernández family who were in the courtroom, including his son.
“I always pray for him and you with all my heart.”
A six-person jury found Lyle guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Juan Ricardo Hernández, 63, following a week-long trial. Hernández, who was unarmed, sustained severe head damage and passed away while being treated in the hospital four days later. His defense team contended that Lyle acted in self-defense. Additionally, they claimed that the trial’s evidence was inconsistent.
However, the judge stated that Lyle made a “bad decision” and acted “out of rage” when delivering her sentencing. Mr. Lyle’s action was violent, Tinkler declared. “Mr. Lyle needs to take responsibility for those deeds.” Security cameras filmed the roadside altercation.
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The actor, his wife, and their two kids were being driven to the airport by Lyle’s brother-in-law. They drove by Hernández’s automobile, which pulled to a stop at a stop sign, got out, and went up to Lyle’s car to complain that they were blocking his path.
According to surveillance footage, Lyle allegedly hit Hernández in the face after the two argued. Lyle insisted he was acting in self-defense. He claimed that Hernández had a weapon and that his children were afraid. Before the judge made her verdict public, Lyle’s wife, brother-in-law, and sister testified during the hearing.
Hernández’s son spoke highly of him as a joyful, kind individual with sound morals. Juan Ricardo Hernández Jr. requested that Lyle receive the maximum 15-year sentence. He claimed that he had been with his father the day before the altercation. Hernández’s son admitted that when he visited his father in the hospital after learning of the incident,
“I didn’t want to believe it was him.”