Today, Kenneth Jake Fenton was sentenced to four years in prison and a ten-year driving ban. Considering the time already spent not driving and his time in jail, the driving ban will effectively be a five-year driving ban when he gets out.
The Crown asked for a sentence that ranged between three and five years. The defense asked for three years.
While driving drunk, Fenton killed RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at 3:30 a.m., in the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue. She is survived by a husband and two young children.
Fenton was charged with five offenses on September 14, 2016. On May 25, 2017, Fenton pleaded “guilty” for two of the charges, impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
In an agreed statement of facts, the court heard that Fenton had consumed seven or eight beer beforehand, and was upset about the suicide of a friend. His blood alcohol level showed that he was three and a half times over the legal limit.
An RCMP cruiser noticed Fenton’s truck because the tail lights were not working, and that office proceeded to follow Fenton with his lights flashing but no siren on. Fenton accelerated, and ran a red light that had been red for about eight seconds. He was traveling at a speed of between 82 and 90 km per hour. He did not noticed the RCMP officer behind him.
Sarah Beckett was returning from a separate, unrelated break-and-enter call, and she was going through that same intersection, which was green. That collision claimed her life. Beckett had served with the RCMP for 11 years.
Fenton did not attempt to flee the scene, as was described as being in a state of shock.
At the pre-sentencing trial, Fenton apologized to the family, saying that he would change places with Beckett if he could. Fenton, now 29, has not had a drink since the crash. Beckett’s husband Scott left the court room during Fenton’s apology. By various reports, Scott was unhappy with the sentence. As the judge commented at the sentencing, no amount of time will bring Sarah Beckett back. The judge anticipated that a number of people will be unhappy with the sentence.
The sentence offers very little closure to the family and friends of Beckett.
Beckett lived with her family in Sooke.
— CHEK News (@CHEK_News) July 15, 2017
‘I can tell you right now public opinion won’t support that kind of verdict’: Langford Mayor on Fenton sentence https://t.co/ggcvXcKy6w
— CTV News VI (@CTVNewsVI) July 14, 2017
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