Mar 01, 2013 - JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILED, SAYS MOTHER OF ALBERTA TEEN KILLED IN CRASH


A three-year sentence for a driver that killed four Grande Prairie teens is a failure of the justice system.

That’s according to a Beaumont woman who knows the pain of the victim’s families all too well.

“The justice system failed every Canadian,” said Sheri Arsenault.

Arsenault’s son Bradley was killed along with friends Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake when the car they were travelling in was struck and thrown from the highway just outside Beaumont Nov. 26, 2011. The case against Johnathan Pratt, the man accused of causing their deaths, is scheduled to complete its preliminary stages in May.

But Thursday’s decision in Grande Prairie gives her little hope that Pratt will be dealt a suitable sentence. Brenden Holubowich was sentenced after pleading guilty to five charges, including four counts of dangerous driving causing death.

“When I do my math, the value of people’s children or loved ones is about six weeks,” said Arsenault, adding most convicted criminals end up serving less time in Canada.

“The sentence does not fit the crime at all.”

Arsenault is working with a group called Families for Justice, pushing for minimums of five years for anyone found guilty of drunk driving causing death.

Pratt’s case has been put off until the beginning of May when a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Source: The Edmonton Sun


 

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