Wassim Outifrakh will spend about three and a half years in prison for impaired driving causing death in connection with a 2013 crash in east Ottawa.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge in December after the vehicle he was driving ran a stop sign at the intersection of Innes and Dunning roads and struck a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Janet Clermont, killing her almost instantly.
Outifrakh was on his way home from a night at the casino.
In a written decision released Friday, the judge said police found Outifrakh behind the wheel of his vehicle smoking a cigarette after the crash.
Post-crash analysis of his blood samples showed his blood-alcohol content was between 203 and 230 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, which is around three times the legal limit.
The decision said he breached one of his bail conditions by drinking alcohol on Christmas Eve, then tampered with his monitoring bracelet and lied to the authorities to try to cover it up, a decision that landed him back in custody and added a few months to his sentence.
He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison, minus time spent in custody and some time spent on bail.
Outifrakh sought counselling for a gambling problem and was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, the judge said in the report.
When asked if he had anything to say to Clermont’s family, Outifrakh said waking up knowing he took a life is the hardest part of his life. He apologizes and takes responsibility for her death.
Victim impact statements were heard from Clermont’s husband, sister, daughter and 11-year-old grandson, who said he’s really sad, realizes he won’t ever see his grandmother again and she won’t be there for his birthdays or soccer games.