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Letter: Light sentence for triple fatal hit and run was appalling

Leaving the scene of a fatal accident should be punishable with more than a few years in prison
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Editor:

I am deeply concerned with the light sentence received by Reid McKnight, the driver involved in a 2019 hit-and-run in downtown Kamloops that killed three people (‘McKnight gets three years in prison for fatal collision that killed three people,’ Dec. 3).

I thought it was only friends of mine who were shocked by the judge’s lenient penalty doled out in the case. However, I see Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky was also surprised. There are many others who cannot understand the sentence.

Leaving the scene of a fatal accident should be punishable with more than a few years in prison.

The 3.5-year sentence handed down by Justice Kathleen Ker — after receiving a joint submission from Crown and defence recommending the term — really means about 1.5 years if McKnight behaves himself while incarcerated.

What kind of judges and laws do we have in Canada these days?

It seems the criminal is better looked after than the victims.

What are we telling criminals in our society?

I know police officers who say they are just doing their job until they get their pension — why care when there is obviously no support from judges?

I can’t say I disagree with them.

Tim Riordan

Kamloops