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Brady Robertson trial: Sentencing expected today

A driver who struck and killed a woman and her three young daughters in Brampton, Ontario nearly two years ago is due to be convicted today.

Prosecutors are seeking a 23-year prison sentence for 21-year-old Brady Robertson and a lifetime driving ban. The defense, meanwhile, argues that Robertson should be sentenced to seven years.

Robertson pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the June 18, 2020 crash that killed Karolina Ciasullo and her daughters Klara, Lilianna and Mila, aged six to one.

But he pleaded not guilty to four counts of drug-impaired operation causing death, and his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of Canadian law setting a legal limit for blood levels of THC while driving.

Ontario Court of Justice Judge Sandra Caponecchia found Robertson had a blood THC level of 40 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood about 45 minutes after the crash, eight times the legal limit.

The constitutional challenge was dismissed last month and as a result Robertson was convicted of impaired driving.

During a sentencing hearing last month, Robertson apologized for his actions, saying he was “deeply tormented” by what he had done.

Robertson said he would feel guilty for the rest of his life and wanted to take responsibility for his actions.

“I have wanted to end my life countless times, but it would be a cowardly way to do it,” he said at the time. “I want to pay for what I did, I want to serve my sentence… This family deserves justice.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 16, 2022.

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