The drunk driver who killed two cyclists near Pemberton as well as a passenger in his own car in May of 2015 has learned his fate.
Samuel Alec has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison minus time served by a B.C. Supreme Court judge, which means Alec will do another six years in prison.
Alec was also given a 15-year driving ban, with a DNA order also being imposed.
While she did not get the 12 years the Crown was asking for, lawyer Adrienne Lee says the sentence sends a message.
“In that respect, it is a deterrent for others who choose to drink and drive, that they will suffer the consequences of a substantial period in custody.”
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The gruesome accounts of their deaths were heard multiple times in court in front of their friends and family, including Ross’ cousin John Rufh.
Rufh says the verdict is cold comfort.
“I guess it’s the end of the road for this… the healing I guess over time will come, I don’t know if it starts [today], it’s very difficult, you feel like you’ve been ripped off.”
At his sentencing hearing back in March, Alec had said he is taking steps to make sure drugs and alcohol are no longer a part of his life.
He had also admitted he is to blame for the deaths of Kelly Blunden and Ross Chafe as well as his passenger Paul Pierre Jr., saying he was “unable to forgive himself,” with the judge saying his admission of guilt was a mitigating factor in the sentencing.
However, the judge also said the aggravating factors were his criminal record, his high blood alcohol level, and the fact that on the mornings he killed the three, he ignored several warnings not to drive.
Alec pleaded guilty to three counts of impaired driving causing death back in February.
With files from Jeremy Lye