Former RCMP corporal Benjamin “Monty” Robinson will serve a month’s house arrest, followed by a curfew and probation, the CBC is reporting.
You can read the whole story here, but it boils down to this: In 2008, Robinson was drinking at a Halloween party, and hit a motorcyclist while driving home (the 21-year old rider had also been drinking).
Instead of aiding the downed rider, Robinson left his licence with a bystander and walked his children home, where he consumed vodka, then returned to the scene. He was convicted of obstructing justice; during the trial, witnesses testified the best way to beat a drunk driving rap was to use the “last drink” defense, which is what the Crown argued he’d done.
Judge Janice Dillon’s reasoning for the 12-month sentence that sees Robinson avoid jail time? She said Robinson was a first-time offender, an Aboriginal (something another native leader says is wrong), and an alcoholic.
Dillon also ordered Robinson to write a letter of apology to the family (he’d never apologized during the trial) and pay $1,000 to a victims fund.
If Robinson doesn’t screw up again, he’ll be curfew-free and out from under his probation officer in a year.
The Crown could have sought the maximum penalty of 10 years for the obstruction of justice conviction, but only sought three to nine months in jail, or a 12-18 month conditional sentence.