EDMONTON — An Edmonton judge has handed down a five-year prison sentence to a man who admitted to driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he slammed into a car, killing its driver.
Tyhler Kennedy Keith, who was sentenced Tuesday, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing injury.
Keith, who was 21 at the time of the Nov.1, 2013 collision, was also given three years for the second count to be served concurrently.
Court heard that just before the collision, the accused was driving his sport-utility vehicle about 100 kms an hour the wrong way on a one-way street in a central Edmonton neighbourhood.
The impact killed Brennan Bagdan, who was 40, and seriously injured his wife.
The couple had been married for less than two years.
Court was also told Keith's SUV crossed over several traffic lanes before the crash and that investigators found an over-the-counter alcohol consumption tester in his vehicle.
Speaking outside court, the victim's mother, Donna Bagdan, said she is pleased with the sentence.
"It doesn't mean I'm not going to have grey days, but it does help to know it wasn't like two years and that he would be out quickly. I'm really pleased with the five years,'' she said.
The Crown had been seeking a five-year sentence for Keith, who also faces a five-year driving ban upon release. (CTV Edmonton)
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