Kenneth Fenton pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death in court today in Colwood, B.C.


A RCMP officer holds a stetson in honour of Const. Sarah Beckett during a regimental funeral service at the Q Centre arena in Colwood, B.C. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

A man whose truck crashed into an RCMP officer's cruiser killing a 32-year-old constable pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in a Victoria-area court.

Kenneth Fenton, 28, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death in court in Colwood, B.C.

Const. Sarah Beckett's vehicle was hit by a truck April 5, 2016, at an intersection in Langford, a suburban community west of Victoria.

Fenton originally faced six charges in connection with the crash but Dan McLaughlin of the Crown prosecution office says the remaining charges will be stayed during the sentencing process.

Fenton left the court without commenting and will appear in court in Victoria on June 6 to fix a date for a sentencing hearing.

Flowers adorn a bronze statue created by artist Derek Rowe, titled RCMP and Child, in front of the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford, B.C., Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

A memorial plaque is unveiled in honour of Const. Sarah Beckett during a ceremony in front of the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford, B.C., on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
RCMP officers, municipal police departments, EMS and uniformed enforcement agencies march along the Old Island Highway towards the Q Centre arena for the regimental funeral service for Const. Sarah Beckett on April 12, 2016.
Police from across Vancouver Island stand along the Pat Bay highway as the body of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett is taken to the airport in Saanich, B.C., Thursday, April 7, 2016.


Fenton's lawyer, Dale Marshall, said outside court details surrounding the circumstances of the early morning crash will become part of the court record provided during the sentencing hearing. He refused Thursday to discuss details about the accident or the guilty pleas.

McLaughlin said outside court the maximum penalty for impaired driving causing death is life in prison and for dangerous driving causing death it is 14 years.

"What's important to realize is that we work diligently on all our cases to ensure we achieve a fair and just resolution," he said. "This is one more step in the process of this particular case towards achieving what we hope will be a fair and just resolution."

Beckett, a married mother of two young boys, was a Mountie for 11 years and had just returned to her job in the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave shortly before her death.

Thousands of people, including a long procession of police officers from across the country, turned out for Beckett's funeral in April.  

Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton said she was at Thursday's hearing to support Beckett's family members, who attended court to hear the man's guilty pleas.

Hamilton, who was visibly emotional, said her 19-year-old son was killed by an impaired driver in 2003.

"Just like my son, it didn't have to happen."

Source: Metro News


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