Jason Kertesz Charged in the Murder of His Mother

Jason Kertesz, the 29-year-old Hollywood man police identified last week as the lone suspect in the killing of his 62-year-old mother, has been charged with premeditated murder, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Irene Kertesz's husband found her dead in her Hollywood home around 9 p.m. July 30, and her son Jason was arrested for a probation violation on August 3.

After the alleged murder, police released video of Jason Kertesz driving his mother's rental car and using her credit card a few miles from her home.

Police have declared the death of Kertesz's mother a homicide, but no details related to the nature of her death have been released.

Kertesz now becomes the third person in less than a month to be arrested in the deaths of one or more parents -- joining 17-year-old Tyler Hadley and 21-year-old Gerard Lopes.

According to records from the Florida Department of Corrections, Kertesz has quite the lengthy rap sheet.

Kertesz was first sentenced to prison in November 2001, serving just six months of a one-year sentence for grand theft, unarmed robbery, and false imprisonment before being released, records show.

In 2006, he was involved in a police chase, which Broward Sheriff's Office records from the time say started after Kertesz carjacked someone in Hollywood and the owner of that car later spotted it in Pembroke Pines.

While deputies were verifying with Hollywood police the circumstances of the carjacking, Kertesz got in the car and drove off, leading a police chase down Interstate 95 into Miami-Dade County.

Kertesz eventually got off the interstate, crashed into a tree, and forced police to pull him -- as well as his handgun and crack pipe -- out of the car.

He was sentenced to four years in prison for that stunt but served just over three years before being released.

Kertesz was scheduled to stay on probation until April 2015, but his probation was suspended a few months ago and a warrant was put out for his arrest after he left his court-ordered sobriety house.

Records from the county clerk's office have not yet been updated, but we'll let you know when his first court date is scheduled on his new charge.

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