Two of Canada’s most outspoken organizations on drinking driving are clashing over the 10-year prison sentence in an impaired driving case.
The driver, Marco Muzzo of Ontario, admitted to being impaired when his car smashed into a minivan, killing three children and their grandfather. Muzzo is eligible to apply for full parole after one-third of his sentence (about 3 years) is served, and can apply for day parole six months before that.
Arrive Alive Drive Sober is a charity that works to eliminate impaired driving. Its executive director, Anne Leonard, told Global News,“It was such a horrific case that we really thought there might be a higher sentence handed down. This would be the time to see a life in prison sentence.”
MADD Canada’s CEO Andy Murie shared a different view with Global News, “In fairness this is a penalty that is fairly high. Even though some people would say ‘Four deaths, 10 years, is that really enough?’”
Murie said the Crown did a really good job, and has set a new precedent, which may result in similar or more severe sentences in the future.
Do you side with Alive and think cases like Muzzo’s should land a life sentence, or do you side with MADD and think this has set a positive new precedent? Whatever the case, we know the loved ones who survive a victim of drunk driving pay a life sentence. So could there ever really be justice in their eyes? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.