An Edmonton man has been sentenced to seven years after a vengeful hit and run involving his brother's ex-lover.
At around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2012, Robert Shular took chase in his vehicle in pursuit of his brother's 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, who was being driven in a vehicle by her new boyfriend Jonathon Soulliere.
Shular's brother, Cory Chalmers, followed along in his vehicle. According to an agreed statement of facts, the relationship between Chalmers and his ex had ended badly.
The panicked couple called police as Shular and Chalmers chased them, with speeds topping 120 km/h. Police were not able to respond quick enough. Eventually, the couple's truck was run off the road and smashed into a light pole, wrapping around it.
Soulliere, 20, suffered broken bones all over his body and a serious brain injury. He spent four months in hospital recovering and still has trouble walking and has constant pain in his hips, back and legs. His girlfriend's injuries were less severe.
During a police interview, Shular said it was Chalmers who smashed into the back of his truck causing a chain reaction that led to the crash. In his eight-page sentencing decision, Judge James Wheatley called the damage to the vehicle "horrific" and said the 911 call from the couple revealed "panic and fear" in their voices.
After the crash, Shular and Chalmers fled to northern B.C. with their girlfriends.
"This isn’t a hit and run," Wheatley said in court. "This is a hunt down and run."
While a joint submission from the Crown and defence called for four years in jail, Wheatley believed the seriousness of the crime — and the fact Shular did not admit to it until after being on the loose for a month — as reason to bump up the sentence to seven years.
Shular has has already served close to a year in remand. He will serve another six years, as well as a 10-year driving prohibition and weapons ban for life.