Angry reaction to Wabush drunk driving sentence
Family members of victims of a fatal drunk driving collision in western Labrador say they are disgusted with a sentence passed down on Friday.
Jeremy Reid had maintained his innocence until Friday in the Wabush collision that killed pedestrian Shane Mercer in December 2010, and severely injured his fiancé, Leisa Penney.
But Reid pleaded guilty to the two most serious charges against him — criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Other charges were dropped.
Reid was given a four-year sentence, although family members say the penalty does not match the gravity of his crimes.
"[I am] not pleased with the sentence at all," said Lindsay Mitchelmore, Shane Mercer's sister.
"Going in, we anticipated this is what it was going to be, but I really hoped the judge would take our victim impact statements into consideration and do something a bit more harsh."
Shane Mercer's father, Dave Mercer, was appalled.
"The justice system in Newfoundland and Canada sucks. It's gross," he said.
In addition to the four-year sentence, Reid will be banned from driving on release for nine years.
Reid had already served 340 days in custody, or almost one quarter of his sentence. His first eligibility to apply for parole will come after 16 months in jail.