The father of Grant De Patie, a young Maple Ridge man who was dragged to death under a car in a gas and dash robbery in 2005, is speaking out after a Calgary man has been found guilty of a similar crime.
Joshua Cody Mitchell from Calgary has been found guilty of manslaughter for running down a gas station attendant who chased after him for driving off without paying for fuel.
Doug De Patie has been through it before and says a manslaughter conviction isn’t enough.
“They should have got second-degree murder for this, he went there with a 7,000 pound, 400 horsepower killing machine. He knew what he was doing when he took the fuel and he killed someone in the commission of a felony which was the taking of the fuel and that’s statutory murder in my opinion.”
His son Grant was killed when he tried to stop 16-year-old Darnell Pratt from stealing $12 worth of gas in Maple Ridge back in 2005.
Pratt was handed a six-year sentence.
Shortly afterwards, the B.C. government implemented ‘Grant’s Law’ requiring gas stations to have either a security barrier or two staff on shift after 10 p.m.