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Impaired driver gets 8 years for killing 3

03/19/2012 12:23 EDT | Updated 05/19/2012 05:12 EDT

A 23-year-old Toronto man convicted of killing three people while driving drunk has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Roman Luskin was sentenced Monday morning at Toronto's Old City Hall courthouse.

Luskin pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Jennifer Penman, Luskin's lawyer, said her client is devastated by what he did.

"I think this is a loss all around," she said after the sentencing. "As he said when he gave his statement, he lost his father when he was five to a drunk driver and he had something very real taken away from him for the rest of his life, and now he's done that to somebody else."

Police said at the time that Luskin's BMW was travelling at about 200 kilometres per hour on a Saturday night in October, 2009. when it smashed into a Honda Odyssey van near Tobermory Drive and Finch Avenue.

The force of the collision split the van in half.

Hon To, 44, her daughter Khan (Christine) Taing and a third passenger were thrown from the van. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

To's husband, Pho Taing, and another passenger were taken to a Toronto hospital with serious injuries.

In passing sentence Justice Gary Trotter called Luskin's actions "a wanton and reckless disregard for the safety and lives of others."

Luskin will serve three years and two months in prison after credit for time already served is taken into account.

He is an immigrant from Kazakhstan and faces deportation.

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