Attorneys try to reach plea deal for ex-Lynwood clerk

2013-06-25T18:40:00Z 2013-11-07T15:31:20Z Attorneys try to reach plea deal for ex-Lynwood clerkBy Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
June 25, 2013 6:40 pm  • 

MARKHAM | Attorneys for former Lynwood village Clerk Roy Valle and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office continued to work Tuesday toward a plea agreement to resolve the charges Valle faces in a fatal 2011 crash.

Valle appeared before Judge Brian K. Flaherty on Tuesday at the Markham District of Cook County Circuit Court, where his attorney, Ray Garza, met with prosecutors to see if a deal could be reached that would resolve the case without having to go to trial.

That meeting lasted all of 10 minutes. Attorneys agreed to meet again Aug. 20 in Flaherty’s court chambers to try again. A similar meeting was held last month.

Valle is charged with reckless homicide and six counts of aggravated driving under the influence for the Feb. 4, 2011 crash on Ill. 394, just south of the Bishop Ford Freeway interchange.

Police at the time said a 2008 Ford Taurus driven by Valle was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it collided head-on with a 2000 Chrysler Cirrus. A passenger in the Cirrus, Melikah Little, 32, of Chicago, was killed in the crash.

Valle could receive a maximum term of 14 years in prison, if found guilty of all charges. But Garza said Tuesday after Valle’s court hearing that Flaherty is putting pressure on all sides to try to get them to reach some sort of agreement.

“This judge is trying to resolve this case,” Garza said. Prosecutors on Tuesday had no comment about the case.

Valle, 66, was Lynwood village clerk, a post he held for eight years, at the time of the crash. He did not seek re-election earlier this year, and his term came to an end in early May.

He remains free while the case is pending on a $250,000 bond.

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