A 73-year-old man who was driving drunk during an accident that killed a Kings County woman will be going to prison after a judge sentenced him to five years in custody Thursday morning.
Raymond Alfred Cantelo appeared before Justice Gordon Campbell in Supreme Court in Charlottetown after he previously pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm and leaving the scene of an accident.
On Oct. 22, 2011, Cantelo was driving a van that pulled out in front of a motorcycle driven by Bernard and Stacy Cheverie on Peakes Road in central Kings County.
Stacy Cheverie died at the scene and Bernard was seriously injured.
Cantelo stood and showed no reaction as Campbell read his decision, but Cantelo’s girlfriend burst into tears and sobbed when the packed courtroom learned his fate.
In giving his reasons for the sentence, Campbell said Cantelo was directly responsible for the emotional pain of the people close to Cheverie and his actions have impacted the community.
“The selfish, uncaring acts of one person have taken a large toll." - Justice Gordon Campbell
“The selfish, uncaring acts of one person have taken a large toll,” Campbell said.
Before delivering the sentence, Campbell listened to victim impact statements from Stacy Cheverie’s two sisters and her daughter, while three other statements were filed but not read into the record.
“To say that Stacy was loved by those close to her is clearly an understatement,” he said.
Campbell sentenced Cantelo to serve four years in prison for impaired driving causing death and 18 months for impaired driving causing bodily harm, with both sentences to be served concurrently.
For leaving the scene of the accident, Campbell sentenced Cantelo to one year in prison to be served consecutively for a total of five years.
Cambell also ordered Cantelo to provide a DNA sample for the national databank and he will be banned from driving for 10 years after his release.