Judge denies request from Carly Rousso to get prison credit for her time in in-patient treatment pending trial

From a story by Jim Newton of the Lake County News-Sun:

Carly Rousso, sentenced to serve a maximum of five years in prison for running over and killing 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento in 2012, will not receive prison credit for time spent in psychiatric facilities while out on bond.

Defense Attorney Jed Stone had filed a motion asking that his Highland Park client receive 99 days of credit for time spent in psychiatric and drug treatment facilities prior to her highly-publicized trial.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and I can’t remember a time when a defendant was not given [prison] credit for time served in a psychiatric hospital,” Stone argued Wednesday morning before Judge James Booras.

Stone presented letters from two hospitals stating that the areas Rousso stayed in were locked down so patients could not leave. He also shared a sworn statement from Rousso, who is currently in prison serving her sentence, that she was not allowed to leave the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, where she spent more than 80 days.

But Booras agreed with prosecutors who maintained Rousso should not be given prison credit for voluntary treatment activities while out on bond. Assistant State’s Attorney Stella Veytsel also noted that one of the reasons Rousso entered treatment was that she had used an intoxicating inhalant while out on bond, an incident that was not reported to the court.

“She was not in custody that was ordered by the court,” Booras said in denying the credit motion.

Stone said after the ruling that he would file notice by Friday to appeal her entire case to the state appellate court.

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