A driver was sentenced to 17 years in prison for striking and killing a woman and her three small girls in Brampton, Ont., about two years ago on Monday.
Brady Robertson, 21, gets 14 years and two months to spend after receiving credit for time served prior to his trial.
In addition, he will be prohibited from driving for the next 20 years.
Prosecutors demanded a 23-year prison term and a lifetime driving prohibition for Robertson. Meanwhile, the defense contended that Robertson should be sentenced to seven years in prison.
Robertson pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the June 18, 2020, crash that killed Karolina Ciasullo and her daughters Klara, Lilianna and Mila, who were between the ages of six and one.
But he pleaded not guilty to four counts of operation while impaired by drugs causing death, and his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s law setting out a legal limit for THC blood concentration when driving.
Ontario Court Justice Sandra Caponecchia found Robertson had a blood THC concentration of 40 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood about 45 minutes after the crash, which is eight times the legal limit.
The constitutional challenge was rejected last month, and as a result, Robertson has been found guilty of impaired driving.
At a sentencing hearing last month, Robertson apologized for his actions, saying he was “deeply tormented” by what he did.
Robertson said he will feel guilty for the rest of his life and wants to take responsibility for his actions.
“I wanted to end my life countless times, but that would be a coward way to go,” he said at the time. “I want to pay for what I did, I want to serve my time … This family deserves justice.”
Source_ The Canadian Press