Teen found guilty in cop's death to be sentenced
NEWMARKET, Ont. – A 19-year-old found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a York Region Police officer is expected to be handed his sentence today.
The teen, who cannot be named, was 15 when he was involved in a crash north of Toronto that killed Const. Garrett Styles.
Styles was standing beside a minivan during a traffic stop in East Gwillimbury in June 2011, when police say the vehicle suddenly accelerated and dragged him about 300 metres before losing control and rolling on top of him.
The teen who was at the wheel was left a quadriplegic in the crash that killed Styles.
His defence lawyer has asked for no time in custody, arguing that the teen’s quadriplegic condition as a result of the crash is sentence enough.
The crown has asked for an “open custody” youth sentence and has recommended a facility in Milton, Ont., which is wheelchair accessible.
By The Canadian Press