A man from Head of Jeddore, Nova Scotia, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge in a 2020 drunk road rage incident which caused one death.
Dana Matthew Wolfe pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the February 2020 death of Jason Murphy. Judge John Bodurtha released his decision on the matter on Wednesday.
In 2020, Wolfe and his common-law wife Kelly Stewart drove alongside Murphy as he walked down the street and tried to convince him to get in the car with them. Murphy was renting a room from the couple and had an argument with them over overdue rent.
Words were exchanged between Murphy and the couple and Wolfe, who was drunk at the time, turned to Murphy for the “psych”. But with the slippery road conditions and Wolfe’s drunk and angry state, he drove the car to Murphy instead, killing him. Murphy was 45 years old.
“This unintended action had grave consequences for Wolfe and Stewart, and caused unimaginable pain and grief to Murphy’s family,” Bodurtha wrote.
Murphy’s remains were found after police were notified of their location following the incident.
In May, Wolfe pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and guilty to the manslaughter charge. An Agreed Statement of Facts states that “although Wolfe did not intend to kill Murphy, his action of driving the car quickly and suddenly towards Murphy while intoxicated, angry and in frigid driving conditions, constituted an unlawful act which resulted in Murphy’s death.”
Wolfe has previous drug and driving convictions
In his ruling, the judge said Wolfe had a “significant criminal record” including convictions for violence, weapons and driving offenses and offenses involving the use of alcohol and drugs, which were taken into consideration when sentencing,
Bodurtha also wrote that “Wolfe pleaded guilty to the offense in court long before the related charge came to trial”, sparing the courts the use of “valuable time and resources” and witnesses having to relive the incident. during their testimony. .
“When Wolfe was questioned by police, he admitted numerous facts relating to the current charge demonstrating an early acceptance of responsibility,” he wrote. “These early admissions inform the court of Wolfe’s prospects for rehabilitation.”
Wolfe was sentenced to seven years in prison, minus time already served and a COVID remand credit, leaving a remaining sentence of just under three years.
He also received ancillary orders for mandatory DNA bank submission and a lifetime firearms ban. A restraining order was also issued, prohibiting Wolfe from contacting certain members of Murphy’s family during his sentence.