A slap in the face to victims of drunk driver
Where is the justice? A man convicted after a crash that killed four high school football players from northern Alberta has been sentenced to three years in prison. Three years.
Brenden Holubowich will also be forbidden from driving for three years. The 23 year old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Court of Queen's Bench Justice William Tilleman sentenced Holubowich and said that deciding the length of the sentence may have been the most difficult thing he has ever done.
Tilleman's eyes actually filled with tears when he told the court he sympathized with the families of the dead teenagers. They wanted, and rightly so, a longer sentence than three years.
Tilleman says he did considered a longer prison sentence. But he said it was in keeping with similar cases.
And that's the problem.
Why can't a judge issue a sentence that actually sends a message to the community that if you drink and drive and kill someone, you can spend a considerable part of your life behind bars.
In October 2011, Holubowich's pickup truck collided with a car carrying five members of the Warriors football team who played for Grande Prairie Composite High School.
Walter Borden-Wilkins and Tanner Hildebrand, both 15, and Matthew Deller and Vince Stover, both 16. were killed. Zach Judd, now 17, spent several weeks in a coma.
Nothing will bring back the victims. There is no justice.
Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Jason Franson