08/22/2016 13:07 EDT | Updated 08/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Alberta man admits to drunk driving crash that killed girlfriend on side of road

RED DEER, Alta. — A man from central Alberta has been sentenced to five years for driving drunk and killing his girlfriend on the side of a road.

Jason John Powell, who is 41, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial in Red Deer to charges of impaired driving causing death, refusing to provide a breath sample and disqualified driving.

Court heard Powell was in an on-again, off-again relationship with 41-year-old Chasity Holman, and went to pick her up from her job in Penhold in November 2015.

She refused to get in his vehicle because he had been drinking, then started walking along the shoulder of a road.

Powell struck hit her while going 78 km/h.

Powell told court that he's sorry because he loved Holman and would change places with her if he could.

The sentencing judge, pointing out that Holman has two prior convictions for impaired driving, also handed him a 10-year driving prohibition upon his release from prison.