The father of Grant De Patie, a Maple Ridge gas station attendant who was dragged to death under a car, says the man responsible for his son’s death has stirred up trouble.
Darnell Pratt was charged with second degree murder in de Patie’s 2005 death, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and his nine year sentence was reduced to seven years on appeal.
Now, Doug De Patie says Pratt has received a sentence for two crimes committed in the last year.
He says he couldn’t believe the news when he heard it.
“Right now I’m appalled. I’m appalled by his behaviour, I’m appalled by our justice system.”
Doug De Patie says he’s afraid someone else’s family member is going to be put in harm’s way.
He says it’s because Pratt hasn’t been properly rehabilitated.
“The primary goal in sentencing is rehabilitation, but yet the primary goal in incarceration is not rehabilitation. I was led to believe that Mr. Pratt was being rehabilitated. This doesn’t look like someone who has been rehabilitated.”
According to court records, a Darnell Darcy Pratt was found guilty earlier this month of charges of theft under $5,000, and willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer.
Those charges stemmed from an incident back in December of last year.
According to De Patie, the sentence the judge handed down was too light.
“Darnell pled guilty and the judge gave him one day, and one year’s probation, counting the eleven days that we was inside (jail, waiting for his sentencing)”