May 25, 2016 - 12:34 PM
KAMLOOPS – Nearly six years after a speedboat crashed into a houseboat on Shuswap Lake killing one man and injuring several others, a Kamloops Supreme Court judge has upheld the conviction of Leon Reinbrecht.
Houseboat operator Ken Brown was killed and eight other people were hurt in the July 2010 crash.
Brown’s family was in the courtroom this morning, May 25, and said they felt relieved with the ruling.
“He can’t walk away from something like this,” Ken Brown’s sister, Patti Oliver, said.
The family was visibly upset when B.C. Supreme Court Judge Sheri Donegan read in her decision that Reinbrecht suffered emotionally, mentally and financially since the accident.
Reinbrecht was convicted last October on one count of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Donegan appeared via video conference from Victoria, and read her decision on a defence motion to overturn the conviction based on several delays in the trial.
Donegan dismissed the application this morning. Reinbrecht is expected to be sentenced next week.
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