Jan 08, 2015 - GUILTY PLEA IN DRUNK DRIVING CRASH THAT KILLED FRANCIS PESA

An emotional day in a Calgary courtroom as family members and friends of Francis Pesa gave victim impact statements in the sentencing hearing for the drunk driver who killed the 20-year-old.

Kulwinder Singh Chohan pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death, following the New Year’s Day 2014 crash on Metis Trail.

Court heard Chohan’s blood-alcohol level was between .17 and .21 at the time of the crash. A bottle of whiskey and an empty glass were found in the cab of his truck.

Pesa’s mother, Grace, says she was handed a life sentence when her son died.

Outside court, Pesa’s brother Hervin says they were all forced to edit what they wanted to say in court and says the justice system has to do a better job recognizing victims, saying he just hopes “the victims’ rights become more prevalent, we become more important.”

Pesa’s friend Lian Tolentino joined a number of other friends outside court prior to the start of the proceedings, rallying for more stronger sentences for impaired driving related offenses.


She says her family and friends have come together in a time of tragedy, “just like what Francis would want.”

The crown and defense have entered a joint submission of three years in jail with a five year driving prohibition.
A date for sentencing will be set on Monday.

Source: News Talk 770


 

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