03/20/2012 01:18 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Crown seeks prison for man involved in fatal car accident on his 18th birthday

VALLEYFIELD, Que. - The Crown is seeking a four-year sentence for a man who killed a toddler with his car on the day he turned 18, and was charged as an adult.

Brandon Pardi was found guilty last December of dangerous driving causing the death of toddler Bianca Leduc.

The defence argues that a sentence in the community, with community service or a fine, would be sufficient punishment.

Pardi has appealed the verdict and his lawyer says he'll appeal any jail sentence. Quebec court Judge Michel Mercier will render a sentence on June 5.

Pardi's case gained national notoriety when he fought to be tried as a juvenile. However, Canada's highest court refused to hear his case.

Pardi was driving without a valid licence when he lost control while speeding with a friend in a residential area, striking the other boy's car and careening into the yard, killing a three-year-old girl as she hung Halloween decorations on her babysitter's lawn.