Youth gets adult sentence for hit-and-run death of Calgary police officer


Calgary –

An Alberta judge has ruled that a youth convicted of murder in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary police officer will face an adult sentence.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett died on December 31, 2020, after being pulled over by an SUV, then swerved into the path of an oncoming car.

The Crown wants the driver of the SUV, who was 17 at the time, to serve 11 to 13 years in prison.

Justice Anna Loparko says the offender had shown maturity even at the time of the crime and was living on his own.

She says he remains at a high risk of violently re-offending and a three-year youth sentence would not be sufficient.

The lawyers are to make final arguments on sentencing on May 31.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 10, 2023.

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