Reality TV star Daniel Silva has entered a not guilty plea in response to charges he faces for the death of YouTuber Corey La Barrie, officials announced this week.
Silva, 27, was arrested and charged with murder in May following a fatal car crash in Los Angeles during which he was the driver and La Barrie was riding in the passenger seat. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday that Silva pleaded no contest the previous day in response to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter. He is scheduled to next appear in court for sentencing on August 13; he faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, according to the office.
Silva and La Barrie, 25, were riding through a residential area in Los Angeles on May 10 when Silva lost control of his McLaren sports car, veering off of the road and colliding with a stop sign, the Los Angeles Police Department said in an earlier release, that refers to the crash as a “DUI fatal traffic collision.” Following the crash, Silva allegedly exited the vehicle and tried to leave the scene but was prevented from doing so by bystanders.
Both he and La Barrie were taken to a nearby hospital, where La Barrie died, according to authorities.
Silva and La Barrie were out celebrating La Barrie’s birthday on the night of the fatal crash, according to La Barrie’s family, who have since sued Silva for wrongful death.
“My heart breaks right now, on my son’s 25 birthday today he was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk driver,” La Barrie’s mother, Lissa Burton, wrote in an Instagram post shortly after her son’s death. “The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in [losing] a child. It just feels so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with grief.”
La Barrie had a large following on social media; his YouTube channel has more than 390k subscribers and his Instagram page boasts more than 395k followers.
Silva was initially charged with murder. He pleaded not guilty and was facing a maximum sentence of 15 years to life behind bars, NBC Washington reports.
Silva, a tattoo artist based in the Los Angeles area, is known for appearing on season 10 of the competition reality show “Ink Masters.”
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