Stevens to spend three months in correctional centre

Raissa Tetanish
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Taking into consideration this was Gary Stevens' second impaired driving related charge in less than five years, Justice John Murphy sentenced Stevens to three months custody followed by 27 months driving prohibition.

Stevens was found guilty of two counts of an included offence of impaired driving during his Supreme Court trial last week. He was initially charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death after an ATV accident Sept. 11, 2004 claimed the lives of his wife, Sherry, and brother, Harold.

Taking into consideration this was Gary Stevens' second impaired driving related charge in less than five years, Justice John Murphy sentenced Stevens to three months custody followed by 27 months driving prohibition.

Stevens was found guilty of two counts of an included offence of impaired driving during his Supreme Court trial last week. He was initially charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death after an ATV accident Sept. 11, 2004 claimed the lives of his wife, Sherry, and brother, Harold.

"I think my client accepts the verdict of the jury and the sentence of the court and is looking forward to completing his sentence and putting this behind him," said defence counsel Robert Gregan.

"We certainly have no plans for appeal."

Since the charge was the second conviction for Stevens, Crown lawyer Michelle James was pushing for a tougher sentence that would see Stevens incarcerated for nine to 12 months, followed by three years driving prohibition. The first charge was refusing the breathalyser during the summer of 2001.

The minimum sentence Justice Murphy could have imposed on Stevens was 14 days custody - a sentence Gregan said would be appropriate for his client.

Had the custody sentence gone beyond the 14 days, Gregan had asked that intermittent custody be taken into consideration.

"If he were to serve intermittent custody, he could still support himself, his partner and her daughter," Gregan said in his sentence recommendation, adding that if more than 14 days were applied, 90 days would be sufficient.

"(The sentence) is more than the minimum," said James after the sentencing hearing. "I certainly hope that it will still act as a deterrent."

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

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  • unknown
    January 18, 2010 - 10:49

    i would just like to say regarding this issue that it could have happened to anyone. I know these people involved and it is just a sad story the way it happened. Everyone I know doesn't go 4-wheelin unless you have a case with you to make it fun. I understand the dangers and have made changes myself after learning from steven's mistake. My thoughts are with all the families.