Apr 03, 2014 - CAROL BERNER, DELTA DRIVER WHO KILLED FOUR-YEAR-OLD ALEXA MIDDELAER, DROPS BID FOR PAROLE

Carol Ann Berner, centre, leaves provincial court in Surrey on June 2, 2010.

A Delta woman who is serving a prison sentence for driving while impaired and killing a four-year-old girl in 2008 has withdrawn her application for day and full parole.

Carol Ann Berner was found guilty in July 2010 of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in connection with the crash that killed Alexa Middelaer and injured her aunt Daphne Johanson as they fed a horse on the side of 64th Street in Delta on May 17, 2008.

Berner was sentenced in November of that year to 30 months in prison and a five-year driving ban.

Berner appealed her conviction and sentence in the B.C. Court of Appeal and applied for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada, but was unsuccessful. She had been on bail, and began serving her prison sentence in March 2013 following her appeals.

Berner became eligible for day parole in September 2013 and full parole in January 2014. She had a hearing scheduled for day and full parole on April 16, but this week withdrew her application.

A new hearing date has not been scheduled, but according to the Parole Board of Canada, Berner can reapply at any time.

Berner’s statutory release date is Nov. 4. Statutory release is automatically granted to most offenders after they have served two-thirds of their sentence. A prisoner cannot be detained past that date unless there is a recommendation by the Correctional Service of Canada for detention, but the parole board can apply special conditions to an offender’s release if necessary.

Source: The Province


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