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No appeal of disgraced B.C. RCMP officer's sentence

08/24/2012 06:35 EDT | Updated 10/24/2012 05:12 EDT
The Crown will not appeal the sentence given to a disgraced former RCMP officer convicted of obstruction of justice.

Benjamin (Monty) Robinson was given a 12-month conditional sentence, meaning he won't go to jail for trying to hide his possible impairment after he was involved in a fatal traffic accident.

In a written statement, Crown spokesman Neil Mackenzie said the sentence handed down was legally available to the judge and no error of law could be found.

Mackenzie noted that Robinson's trial attracted much public attention and that's why the public deserves an explanation as to why there will be no appeal.

Robinson was convicted in connection with a collision that killed motorcyclist Orion Hutchinson in Delta, B.C., four years ago.

He left the crash scene, went home and drank two shots of vodka.

The judge found that Robinson used his RCMP training to hide the fact that he had been drinking before the accident.

Robinson announced he was quitting the force the day of his sentencing in July.

After the trial, Hutchinson's family expressed its disappointment that the sentence did not involve jail time.

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