Drunk driver sentenced to 32 months in prison for fatal crash

The parents of Robert Joubert say they are disappointed with the length of the sentence Martin Jolicoeur will serve after a fatal drunk-driving crash that killed their son.

Martin Jolicoeur sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed 22-year-old Robert Joubert

Robert Joubert, 22, was killed when his truck was rear-ended in June 2012 on the Trans-Canada Highway. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

The parents of Robert Joubert say they are disappointed with the length of the sentence Martin Jolicoeur will serve after a fatal drunk-driving crash that killed their son.

In October Jolicoeur pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 causing death.

Justice Vic Toews sentenced Jolicoeur to 32 months in prison on Wednesday. Jolicoeur can apply for parole after 20 months and will not be allowed to drive for three years once he's released.

"It's never going to be enough. It's low," said Daniel Joubert, Robert's father. "The initial sentence was supposed to be two to seven years. And then the RCMP made a bunch of mistakes and that's where we ended up with this here," he said.

Jolicoeur's vehicle rear-ended Joubert's truck on the shoulder of the Trans-Canada Highway near the town of Ste. Anne, Man. in 2012. It's not known why Joubert was parked on the shoulder at the time of the crash.

Joubert was wearing a seatbelt but was still ejected from the truck. His father said the RCMP had told him the accused was speeding.

"At least now it's over. I can close this part. Now we've got to try to move on and that's going to be the hard part," said Daniel Joubert.

In her victim impact statement, Robert's mother, Christine, called the day her son died the worst day of her life.

"It was such a tragic, incomprehensible and senseless loss of a human life," her statement read.

"He should have met the woman of his dreams, married and had children. He should have grown to a happy old age.  He should have experienced life to the fullest.  Instead, while on his way to work, he was killed by a criminal."

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