February 13, 2015 - 3:06 PM
KAMLOOPS – A Kamloops man who struck and killed a 66-year-old woman in a crosswalk will serve his sentence at home instead of jail after a judge overturned his original six-month jail sentence on Friday, Feb. 13.
At an appeal hearing in Kamloops Supreme Court, Justice Alison Beames granted Donald Charles Isadore his appeal and substituted a nine-month sentence—three months under house arrest and the remainder under a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.
Isadore was originally sentenced to six months in jail after his conviction for failure to yield to pedestrian Valerie Brook in November 2012. The 66-year old was killed in the crosswalk after she was struck by Isadore’s truck.
Before this appeal, he spent 44 days of that sentence at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre. The time served has been credited to his new sentence.
Isadore has never held a drivers licence. Following Brook’s death, he was found driving again on two separate occasions.
“These were calculated decisions (to drive),” Crown prosecutor Monica Fras said.
Isadore’s lawyer, Kevin Walker, argued his client’s history in the residential schools was not considered in Judge Stella Frame’s original sentence.
The three-year driving prohibition Isadore received in his initial sentence remains in effect.
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