Drunk driver should go to prison: prosecutor
A Stony Rapids man convicted of impaired driving causing death is now waiting to learn if he will do prison time.
Wilbert Mercredi, 30, was found guilty following a jury trial which concluded Sept. 21.
On Aug. 27, 2008, Mercredi was behind the wheel when his truck smashed head-on into a vehicle driven by Larry Urquhart, 47, in the town of La Ronge.
Urquhart died in the crash.
From the trial, it was learned that Mercredi was very drunk at the time with his blood alcohol content reading around .16 — two times the legal limit — some two hours after the crash.
Sentencing submissions took place in Prince Albert's court of Queen's Bench Friday, with the Crown prosecutor suggesting prison time of four to five years.
In a pre-sentence report the court learned that Mercredi had not shown remorse for his actions and paints himself as a victim.
Mercredi's lawyer, Pab Chetty, offered the court a different view suggesting that a federal prison term would not be appropriate.
Chetty noted Mercredi does not have any prior convictions and stands to lose his job at a northern mine if he is in prison for an extended time.
He also noted the man's family would be put in difficulty if a long sentence were imposed. Chetty suggested a sentence of less than two years, which could be served in a provincial jail.
The judge on the case did not make a decision right away. The matter is expected to be determined on Jan. 6.
Mercredi is not in custody.
Stony Rapids is about 80 kilometres south of Saskatchewan's boundary with the Northwest Territories.