A driver who struck and killed a woman and her three young daughters in Brampton, Ont., nearly two years ago has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Ontario Court Judge Sandra Caponecchia handed down the sentence to 21-year-old Brady Robertson in a Brampton court on Monday morning.
Robertson will receive nearly three years of credit for time already served while awaiting trial, meaning he will have to serve 14 years and two months.
Prosecutors had originally requested a 23-year prison sentence and a lifetime driving ban. The defense argued that Robertson should be sentenced to seven years.
In July 2021, 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.
Caponecchia found that Robertson had a blood THC concentration of 40 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood about 45 minutes after the accident, 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.”