Kenneth Jake Fenton went to court on June 28, 2017 for what appears to be part one of sentencing today. 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. The case will continue at a future time yet to be determined.
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, charges punishable by 14 years to life.
In court today, the Crown asked for a sentence that ranged between three and five years.
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.
Impact statements were heard.
Judging by initial social media responses, some people are not impressed with what seems to be a light sentencing request from the Crown.
14 years ago the drunk driver that killed my son got 3 years…💔Nothing seems to have changed…👎🏻
— Carol Hamilton (@carolhamilton05) June 28, 2017
Something to ponder while Court is on break… pic.twitter.com/GiGkBXi1mF
— Ailsa Wright (@AilsainSooke) June 28, 2017
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