09/28/2012 10:00 EDT | Updated 11/28/2012 05:12 EST

Former NL premier's son granted full parole a year into drunk driving sentence

OTTAWA - The son of former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin has been granted full parole a year into his sentence for killing his friend in a drunk driving stunt.

Jack Tobin's application was granted Thursday, six months after the 26-year-old was approved for day parole.

Tobin pleaded guilty in May of last year to impaired driving causing death.

A judge sentenced him to three years in prison and a seven-year driving ban for his role in the death of a close friend on Christmas Eve 2010.

Alex Zolpis was pinned under a pickup truck during drunken hijinks in a parking garage in downtown Ottawa.

At a sentencing hearing, Tobin offered a tearful apology for his actions.