Apr 02, 2015 - PARENTS OF TEEN KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER 'SICKENED' BY JAIL TO HEALING LODGE TRANSFER [Quinn Stevenson]

A Saskatoon couple is expressing concern after learning that the man convicted in the drunk-driving death of their teenage son has been moved from jail to a minimum-security healing lodge.

Robin Tyler John was sentenced last fall to two years behind bars after pleading guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Quinn Stevenson.

The 17-year-old high school graduate died in a two-vehicle collision in Saskatoon in August 2013.

Quinn's parents, Bonny and Craig Stevenson, say they found out this past January that John has been transferred to the Willow Cree Healing Centre in Duck Lake.

They say they were left sickened by the move after learning about it through an application to Correctional Service Canada for an update on the inmate's whereabouts.

They're hoping to hear the reasons for the transfer when they attend John's parole hearing in May.

The entire justice process has left the Stevenson’s pushing for change in the system.

"I don't profess to have any knowledge of what happens at Willow Cree Healing Centre. I don't know what programs he's a part of. I don't know how this may benefit any rehabilitation," said Bonnie Stevenson. "I do think it's a pretty cushy sentence considering he killed a bright and beautiful young man in our son."

Court was told John's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when the Duck Lake-area resident went through a red light and slammed into the teen's vehicle.

Court also heard that prior to the crash, John and friend had been drinking at the Prince Albert Exhibition and decided to drive to Saskatoon, with stops at bars along the way.

Police conducted a 13-month investigation that included a number of units before charges were laid.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator


 

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