Mar 31, 2015 - SASKATOON TEEN'S PARENTS WANT HARSHER SENTENCES FOR DRUNK DRIVERS [Quinn Stevenson]

Bonny Stevenson knows nothing can bring her son back, but the knowledge that the man who killed him in a drunk driving crash is spending his days in a minimum-security healing lodge rather than a penitentiary is nearly unbearable.

"There has been no justice for Quinn," she said Monday.

According to parole board documents Stevenson obtained recently, the drunk driver who fled after he struck and killed her 17-yearold son while he was on his way to work on Aug. 3, 2013 has been serving his time at the Willow Cree Healing Lodge near Duck Lake since December.

Robin Tyler John, who was 25 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty in October to drunk driving causing death and obstruction of justice. He was given a two-year federal penitentiary sentence.

The documents Stevenson obtained show less than six months later, he was transferred to the healing lodge. "It is one thing to accept the two years. (We accepted) that, thinking he was actually going to do difficult time and do some soul searching ... I am questioning that now," Stevenson said.

During his sentencing, court heard John was on his way home to the Beardy's Okemasis First Nation near Duck Lake after a night of drinking when he ran a red light and crashed into Quinn Stevenson's car, killing him. Stevenson was on his way to work an early morning shift at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

Court also heard John's blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was between .193 and .227 - over twice the legal limit of .08.

Bonny Stevenson said she knows it's too late to get a harsher sentence for John, who will be eligible for day parole in April.

She has sent letters and plans to meet with provincial politicians soon in the hope of affecting the way future drunk drivers are handled.

"There are just no repercussions for them, there are no deterrents," she said.

With the support of friends and family, Stevenson and her husband plan to attend John's parole hearing in May.

In the meantime, she hopes to find out why he was moved to the minimum security facility so soon after being sentenced, she said.

In an email, a spokesman for the Correctional Service of Canada, which oversees federal inmates, declined to answer questions about John's current location, citing "reasons of privacy and security."

"Offenders are placed in a federal facility appropriate to their needs.

"The prime consideration for all decisions on offender placements is the safety of the public," the email added.

Source: The Star Phoenix


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