Cantelo sentenced to five years in prison, banned from driving for 10 years

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Sentenced for impaired driving causing the death of Stacy Cheverie in October 2011

Raymond Alfred Cantelo walks into court Thursday morning for sentencing in the case in which he pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Stacy Cheverie.

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.

Geographic location: Kings

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  • buddy longaphie
    July 18, 2013 - 15:21

    you know I sure as hell can.t say anything because it could have been me ,thank god I got sober .and you know it could be you as well if your are not sober and still drinking and driveing.and you know it dond take much.so think about it ok,

  • Cockroach
    January 12, 2013 - 14:30

    For every cockroach you see 100 are missed, so to with drunk drivers. Stop drunk drivers, call 911

  • Timmy Carter
    January 12, 2013 - 00:42

    If I wanted to kill someone I know now how to do it!!! I will have a couple of drinks, get in my car and run them down!! That is the message that the courts here on PEI are sending. You would get less time for killing someone while being impaired than if you were to shut or stab them.. Anyone else see anything wrong with this picture??

  • Its manslaughter
    January 11, 2013 - 11:13

    If you look up the definition of murder it is to think out or plan beforehand to kill someone. He did not plan to kill an innocent victim so it is manslaughter but it doesn't mean he should get any less time for it. He should of got ten years especially when he left the scene of the crime.

  • self righteous hate perhaps too easy?
    January 11, 2013 - 11:10

    We could torture and then kill the Moase's and the Cantelo's of our world, and the murders still wouldn't stop - since when has hatred made anything better? Nope, it's not only the drunk people that have to stop making drunken decisions, it's us sober people who have to start making sober decisions. This is an "us" problem, not just a "them" problem. I confess that many decades ago I drove drunk and since then, by not doing much, I've tacitly enabled people to drive drunk. Especially "strangers". For what it's worth, I swear to both the families of Elizabeth Sovis and Stacy Cheverie that I will change my own passive behaviour. The next time I see a drunk getting into a car I will do everything in my power to stop them . . . I swear.

  • cathy
    January 11, 2013 - 05:35

    In answer to a comment.yes i would call the police on a friend,family member,or a driver i dont know if they were going to insist on getting into a car and driving after drinking.Yes I would threaten them and yes i would call on them! There was a time it was common place and everyone knew someone doing it .driving back roads having a few,but that is long past,there is much more traffic on the roads,many more distractions,faster cars/trucks etc and alot more people driving,It is not ok to get in your car or truck drinking it never was.but was accepted as the way it is years ago., How many people have to die before this message is finally received,until then the only thing that will stop them is tougher sentances and taking the weapon from them and you and i making a differance by reporting drunk drivers.This man did not stay at the seen,nor did mr.Moase,they top concern was themselves,not the people they killed! Who cares if he is old or he dies in jail Stacey was young and dint get to be old!

  • Stew
    January 10, 2013 - 22:38

    He will go to federal prison, he does not look to be in good health, he will likely die there, .....no more worries of him driving again.

    • dm
      January 11, 2013 - 04:26

      he will be out in 2 yrs

  • dont understand some people
    January 10, 2013 - 20:37

    What is it exactly you people think that make these people are murderers? Is it that they happened to be drunk when the accidents happened or the fact that they caused the accidents? There many fatality accidents and people getting charged for causing them and for some reason i dont recall seeing anyone calling those people murderers.

    • Your are the problem
      January 10, 2013 - 21:18

      Pat yourself on the back. You are a big part of the problem. Drinking and driving is a premeditated crime. Killing someone while committing a premeditated crime is murder. I hope you feel good about yourself justifying scumbags like this.

    • Pretender
      January 10, 2013 - 21:36

      Yes. I don’t understand some people too. I don’t understand people who pretend that drinking and driving is not a premeditated act. I don’t understand people who try and compare an “accident” with a drunk driver killing people. Perhaps you feel better about yourself by pretending that a dead person is somehow not as dead if we pretend semantics make any difference. You go ahead and keep pretending that not calling a drunk driver who kills someone is not a murderer. You keep on being a part of the problem.

    • Open your eyes
      January 11, 2013 - 08:51

      Let's start with the fact that he was drunk, continue on with how he left the scene of the accident, lied to the police, lied to the court, made this poor family relive the worst day of their lives, over and over again, all while showing no remorce. He IS a murderer.

  • Do Our Part to STOP
    January 10, 2013 - 18:50

    I do not agree with the sentence handed down, and agree with 99% of the comments here. What I would like to ask all people that took the time to submit a comment about their outrage... Will you call the police when your spouse, parent, sibling, family member, close friend, co-worker etc. have a few drinks and then hop in the car to drive home? We all want to stop this problem, but I'm not so sure everybody is willing to make that call and inform the police on somebody they love IF THAT IS THE ONLY WAY to stop them from driving away after having too much to drink. Are you willing to threaten them... "Hey, you've had too much to drink. I won't let you drive. If you try getting in your car I am calling the police right now!"

  • pitiful
    January 10, 2013 - 18:00

    Muderer not thats new,Many that has ever driven down the road and hit a animal is now a muderer. Say what you want these 2 people were very wrong in killing someone but they did not get in their car n say im going to go kill someone.Some damn muderer ran over my dog last week and i dont care if he was drunk or not in my eyes he still isnt a muderer yes he killed my pride and joy but i wont believe he ment to do it but yet some of you believe that word works for 2 people.next i will be reading they belonged to the mob and were on a hit .

    • LA
      January 11, 2013 - 14:43

      Maybe not, but when you choose to drive drunk you choose the strong possibility that you could be about to kill someone. If you still do it, then you pretty much got in the car saying "I'm going to kill someone".

  • Justice For Stacey NOT SERVED
    January 10, 2013 - 17:55

    5 years is just a slap in the face considering a week after the accident he was spotted driving while disqualifed!! Was making plans to go on a vacation!! For God's sake this man killed another human being I could see life with a slight chance of parole in 25!! This may be harsh but tough !! Drinking and Driving destroys families and lives!!!

  • aaron jarvis
    January 10, 2013 - 17:43

    1 + 1 = 3 that is a mistake . Drinking and driving and killing someone is murder . I wonder if a well known islander got killed by a drunk driver would the driver get a longer stay in jail .

  • shawn
    January 10, 2013 - 17:27

    five years sounds pityful as a sentence, but when you factor in that when sentenced to federal time a person can be paroled after serving only 1/3 of their time, it makes it a real slap in the face to the victims family and friends

    • Cathy farrell
      January 10, 2013 - 19:00

      Stacy Cheverie didn't deserve to die by this drunk driver!!....Yes!! Cantlo should have been put behind bars for life....5 years!! was not enough.

  • DWI Rate on PEI
    January 10, 2013 - 16:58

    With sentences of 5 to six years for the deaths of two innocent people as the result of two drunk drivers is just not right, what kind of deterence is this. Both cases should have been 10 yrs and life time driving bans. These two families are the ones with the life sentences, how come our Judges can't see this, or if they are sentencing people because of certain sentencing principles than explain that to us , when sentencing these individuals, people don't understand this and some clarification is warranted. I can't for the life of me see how these Judges can honestly say they did the right thing and hopefully they don't really believe these sentences are harsh. Someone from the Chief Crown Attorneys Office or the Attorney Generals Office should make a statement about this. I only hope the two families can some how work through this tragedy, alot of Islanders and people every where have heavy hearts over this.

    • The obvious
      January 11, 2013 - 06:39

      Its my opinion that the reason these sentences are so lenient is because of precident. How many judges and officials over the years have been caught DnD to have either the RCMP or Police let them slide? I've heard it in the past with the police scanner. If the judges actually put tough sentences in place, then what are they going to do when one of them gets caught DnD and can't get out of it because the public catches it happening? They go before the court and would be forced to have a serious sentence...no, all this is is just to ensure certain people get a slap on the wrist.

  • Robot Gizz
    January 10, 2013 - 16:58

    This old guy will likely croak in jail.Ether way he SHOULD NEVER have the right to drive again...Don't forget he has to live with him self over this everyday.That alone would drive most people into an early grave.We all have to start looking at drunk drive the same as we would someone driving around with a gun and suddenly shooting a random person by mistake.Yes,not planned but if you set yourself up to let this happen .You SHOULD PAY THE PRICE.

  • boopei
    January 10, 2013 - 16:35

    Yes the judgement served sucked. He does probably deserve a lot more time put away for what he did, and especially for his lack of remorse. It's one thing to make a terribly bad decision to drink and drive, it's another to not feel bad after you kill a person, and almost kill 2 people. I'm sure Stacey's family is just glad everything is over with, with all the pain and suffering this whole mess has caused at least let there be peace, and closure so the time can really begin to mend the wounds.

  • sickened
    January 10, 2013 - 16:11

    this is why PEI is the way it is...shameful to value someones life with a 5 year sentence...the law is pitiful and for "learn's" comment on the judge only giving a sentence that he/she is made to make, have the same accident happen to their family and see what kind of sentence would be issued. we, the ppl of pei, don't have much value put on us...i think i'm worth more than a 5 yr sentence, as do i think the same for this lady who lost her life as well as all her family and friends who have to spend the rest of their lives living without her in it!!!

  • Unreal
    January 10, 2013 - 15:37

    The fact that he left the scene and left somebody there to die for his own selfish reasons should get him life in prison. If he had of been a man and at least stayed to help these poor people he would at least be able to show he had a little bit of compassion. How can anybody live with themself knowing you just hit somebody with your vehicle and then drive off like a coward? Then be beligerent to your accusers and claim you are not guilty. This guy doesn't deserve any breaks from the courts. However, he definitely got one with only 5 years.

  • Anon
    January 10, 2013 - 15:30

    I'll go against the grain and say that this is a reasonable sentence.

    • Obvious
      January 10, 2013 - 15:53

      Pretty obvious it was not a family member of your who was slain.

    • Anon
      January 10, 2013 - 16:30

      @OBVIOUS You're completely right. If it were my family member I would have a completely different attitude. Thankfully the court system does not operate based on knee-jerk emotional responses. It has a duty to deliver justice but remain reasonable and impartial. If we were to sentence criminals based exclusively on the emotions of the victims and their families hangings and life sentences would be the norm.

    • To Anon
      January 10, 2013 - 17:25

      The guy took a life....then didn't even have the decency to stay and help the people he hurt....then blatantly lied about what he did to the police to the point where he was accusing them of being in the wrong....then pleads not guilty to this crime. It was only until he realized there was a very strong case against him did he admit to the crime. He claims no responsibility to this and shows no remorse. So emotions or no emotions he deserved more than 5 years. People who sell contraband smokes get worse than this.

    • Christy
      January 10, 2013 - 17:36

      @OBVIOUS and @anon . I would still think the same about a sentence whether it was my family member or not..

    • OUTRAGED
      January 10, 2013 - 17:52

      ANON, Reasonalble sentence........shake your head. This lady was 38 and should have had many more years. This piece of work they call Mr. Cantelo gets a tap on the fingers for taking this young woman way before her time and leaves a family without a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, friend and also a very caring nurse. How about you sit in that position and have one of your family members taken way too soon by a drunk driver and see if it is a reasonable sentence then. I can't believe you would even think such a thing.

  • Dundas Sue
    January 10, 2013 - 15:29

    We need to have an intentional conversataion in this province to figure out why we have more drunk drivers than anywhere else. Islanders aren't stupid but why do we persist in being the highest in this category. This is not the "Gentle Island" at its finest! Give your heads a shake people. Wake up people. We need to make it UNACCEPTABLE to drink and drive and have stiff penalties for DUI and for DUI causing death we need to have stiffer sentences still. Why cant we get it ?- DONT DRINK AND DRIVE - no matter how far it is from here to there, no matter what a taxi costs, DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -DONT DRINK AND DRIVE -

  • Captain Canuck
    January 10, 2013 - 15:14

    I could get a longer sentence in a federal prison for saying "lip balm" in an airport.

  • dm
    January 10, 2013 - 14:32

    I am sure his age played a factor in the sentence, it would be like 10 yrs to a younger man but i agree he should have received more time as well, ppl are not getting the message on P.E.I and only the normal drivers are paying the price having to got threw more road blocks and so on, when these criminals are caught a strong deterrent must be se by the courts we haven't seen that yet i'd say.

  • Carol
    January 10, 2013 - 14:32

    I think he should have gotten LIFE IN PRISON, at least 20 yrs. He should never be allowed to drive again. He took a life of a very dear person & ruined the lives of others. The man from Kensington, didn't lie & never left the scene of the accident & he got a lot more time in jail etc. What is wrong with the Law? This is just a slap on the wrist for him. He is likely laughing at what he got. I'm really disgusted & feel so sorry for Stacey's family.

  • Kathy
    January 10, 2013 - 14:16

    So 5 years oh my god what is wrong with you, he murdered someone . did Knowingly get behind a wheel of a car in knowing its wrong he new what he was doing . But I guess judge its all down to cost in the end and how much its going to cost to keep this murderer in prison is it not ,and why even bother to give him his licence back it should be taken away full stop as it should be for every one that brakes the law in killing someone on the road or drunk driving ,

  • Who am i
    January 10, 2013 - 13:55

    I agree with "Disgusted" and the other comments: how is that the man who killed someone in Hunter River served more time..not saying his time should have been less, but that Cantelo should have received a lot more time. He denied it at first...pleading NOT GUILTY who every one else knew was GUILTY, then when the evidence showed otherwise, he changed his plead. How could the man live with himself by pleading Not Guilty. He took a life - an innocent individual who was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, etc., he has left a man a "widow", a child "motherless", yet he originally pleaded "not guilty"??? The book should have been thrown at this piece of S***, tossed in jail and the key thrown away. I know many who have spent so much more time in jail for a lot less reason.

    • Kevin
      January 10, 2013 - 14:38

      It was the Crown who failed. With this monster's record Crown should have requested a min of 15 years to start. We can only hope for "prison" justice now. My bet is he will do his "time" in a min security prison and what they dont tell you is with the system the way it is with "over crowding" he will be walking the streets within 3 years, if not before.

  • Donnie
    January 10, 2013 - 13:51

    Justice; denied.

  • millriver
    January 10, 2013 - 13:51

    and what about mr b greenan formaly from millriver killed 2 while impaird never spent a day. two inasent walkers mother an doughter killed? something not adding up

  • My Opinion
    January 10, 2013 - 13:40

    This is ridiculous! How can they say justice has been served? This man MURDERED a woman. Why should it be any different if you pull a gun and shoot someone or go out, drink yourself stupid and jump in your vehicle. Different weapon..same result! The courts in PEI should be ashamed of themselves. This man not only seriously injured a man, took the life of a woman who was loved by so many, but he also wasted the time of judges, courts, lawyers (one of which was paid courtesy of the Island tax payers, so we get double done), but also had the disrespect to leave these poor people lying at a scene and drive away! What kind of human does that! He is a MURDERER plain and simple! I can't believe that the Cheverie family would, nor should, consider this any kind of justice for them! This man will get out in 3 years or less and no doubt be right back in the driver's seat. What is to stop him? A license..that's a joke... Not much wonder there is such a problem with drunk driving on PEI..there is no real punishment! Seems if you are drinking you get off lighter than those who don't. This is nothing more than a slap on the wrist, like most other drunk driving charges on PEI. Time to grow a backbone. It's a wonder they aren't going to let him serve weekends or house arrest for it! Which is another joke. Throw him in jail and leave him there!

    • Laveta
      January 10, 2013 - 14:24

      WHAT A JOKE ,5 years, Should have been Double that ,That IS NOT justice to get a little sentence like he got

  • Frank from Montague
    January 10, 2013 - 13:33

    I am not in any way sticking up for this man because what he done was totally disgusting but the reason the guy in Hunter River got six years because it was his fourth time being caught drunk driving......I feel like Mr Cantelo should have got 10 years and a life time driving ban

  • Learn
    January 10, 2013 - 13:32

    Five years does seem to be a somewhat slack sentence, but lets keep in mind that the judge does not randomly choose the amount of jail time. The range of sentence is dictated by the law. So for people that get upset at judges for not giving large enough sentences, it is because they can't. I'm sure the judge would love to send this guy away forever but that is not in his/her power, nor is it his/her responsibility to do so. Others are saying that the justice system is flawed on PEI, but most sentences are given through the criminal code of Canada. It is not like we just make things up here on P.E.I., and I just wish that people would realize that before making comments on these types of stories. There are of course some variances in sentences between provinces, like how you automatically receive jail time in PEI for an impaired driving charge, where in other provinces you may be left with only a fine and license suspension.

    • In other words
      January 10, 2013 - 16:06

      In other words you have no clue what you are talking about. Maximum penalty for this is life in prison.

  • lola
    January 10, 2013 - 13:16

    Ok people, the man is charged and going to prison for 5 years for an old man that time spent in jail is going to be long and trust me he will have lots of time to think about what he did hopefully he can get some councelling in jail and help with his addiction issues. How long do you want the tax payers to pay to keep him in jail, what he done was very wrong and yes a life was lost but why complain on here about 5 years 5 years is a long time when you are locked up

    • not enough
      January 10, 2013 - 14:50

      His age shouldn't play into this at all. 5 years for murder isn't a long time. Ask the Cheverie family.

  • BigFrog
    January 10, 2013 - 13:12

    Well, they screwwed up again. Not enough, not enough!.

  • M
    January 10, 2013 - 13:11

    PEI what is wrong with you? Five years for killing someone. Come on

  • Frankie
    January 10, 2013 - 13:06

    so this killer will be back on the roads in about 2-3 years, driving drunk and probably killing someone else, and if you don't believe this you are kidding yourself. You can take the licences away all you want, that never stops them from driving!

  • Travis
    January 10, 2013 - 13:03

    How to comment murder and get only around 4 years, Drink first and use a car to kill them. whats the world coming to? WOW

  • bryan sutherland
    January 10, 2013 - 13:01

    the time in jail is one thing but the man should never be allowed behind the wheel again ,he will be over 80 and not driving for the past few years .

  • Disgusted
    January 10, 2013 - 12:28

    How is that the man who killed the cyclist in Hunter River over the summer who DIDN'T leave the scene and who plead GUILTY right away got more time than this disgrace of a man? This makes me so disgusted. 5 years is not enough time!!!!!

    • guy cousineau
      January 10, 2013 - 13:11

      The cyclist death was caused by a man with several drunk driving charges which I think might have affected the severity of the sentence. I did not follow this trial but there is no mention in this article of repeat offenses, If this is a first offence then the sentence is low but likely reasonable. If not a first drunk driving conviction then I totally agree that the sentence is much too lenient.

    • Sad
      January 10, 2013 - 13:32

      I believe the man who killed the cyclist in Hunter River had multiple drinking and driving conviction.

    • It's on all of us to do something . . . Isn't it?
      January 10, 2013 - 14:18

      Justice John Mitchel sentenced Clarence Arnold Moase to six years in prison and banned him from driving for life. And, although Moase pleaded guilty to the charge it was noted that he had almost three times the impaired limit and that he had four previous impaired driving convictions. Cantelo seems to have received a much lesser sentence relative to the consequence of his decisions - but I'm not a judge and the complexities of sentencing are well beyond the scope of my knowledge. In any case, there's one thing we know for sure. Elizabeth Sovis and Stacy Cheverie were needlessly killed. They were both forever taken away from the people who loved them, and they have also been taken away from those of us who will never get to know them. However, their loss also falls on the shoulders of every Islander and the guilt is not limited to the two murders. We all play a role in this tragedy and my hope is that if it's possible to stop someone driving while impaired, that I'll find the courage to do so. It's awkward and it's never easy, but for the sake of Elizabeth Sovis and Stacy Cheverie, it's time we all do more than shed a tear. Isn't it?

  • Flo
    January 10, 2013 - 12:22

    Something needs to be done with our justice system on PEI..Murder is murder.My thoughts go out to the family of the young lady who lost her life.

  • don
    January 10, 2013 - 12:17

    i would have put him in prison for LIFE WITH NO PAROLE. to me he is a MURDER.

    • David
      January 10, 2013 - 12:55

      Drunk driving is a criminal offence. If you kill someone while committing a criminal offence you should face the full force of the law.

  • C
    January 10, 2013 - 12:02

    This man should be in jail for the rest of his life. This makes me embarrassed to live on Prince Edward Island, a safe haven for drunk drives and woman beaters.

  • Cheryl
    January 10, 2013 - 11:57

    How is this justice?? A woman's life was taken, her family left behind to mourn, he showed no remorse whatsoever, denied it, which to me is obstruction of justice, and he gets 5 yrs!!! How does the defence team and the judge sleep at night??? They should all be ashamed! Quite the message they are sending! Thoughts and prayers going to Stacy's family!

  • Not Long Enough
    January 10, 2013 - 11:55

    5 years is certainly not long enough. He will be out in less than 3 years with the 2/3 rule in Canada. I do not think the Chevrie family or most people would call this justice.

  • Tim L
    January 10, 2013 - 11:55

    Thanks for NOTHING judge.....but hey, this is the Island..NOONE ever gets punished...to the family of Stacy Chevrie, on behalf of all concerned Islanders, (and ex-Islanders like myself) I am soooooooo sorry for your loss. A tragic event ends up with a pathetic sentence....judges on the Island do not care about the vicitms..so sad.

  • Horrible
    January 10, 2013 - 11:42

    What a horrible sentence...a young womans life was lost and he couldnt plead guilty from the get go. I feel for Stacey and her family.

  • thomas Jacobs
    January 10, 2013 - 11:18

    This man murdered someone with a deadly weapon and he's only going to get a few years in prison? In my opinion murder should merit a life sentence, and all sentences should be doubled if they involve alcohol.

  • Bob
    January 10, 2013 - 10:57

    Heres hoping that justice will serve and never let Mr Cantelo behind a wheel again

  • Justine Thyme
    January 10, 2013 - 10:49

    I wish, just once, the judge would look at what was recommended and say, "No, that isn't enough to teach this individual a lesson or send a message to the public." It is time the justice system delivers justice.

  • Sylvia
    January 10, 2013 - 10:09

    I hope justice will be done for Stacy Cheverie, her husband and family.