The drunk driver who killed the West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett in April 2016 has been granted parole for six months.
Kenneth Jacob Fenton was sentenced to four years in prison on July 2017 for impaired driving, causing the death of Beckett, a 32 year-old mother of two young boys.
She was killed when her marked police car was struck broadside at Goldstream Avenue at Peatt Road at 3:27 am.
Fenton also received an 18-month sentence for driving drunk and seriously injuring a passenger in May 2016, six weeks after he slammed into Beckett's police cruiser.
In a decision issued Friday, the Parole Board of Canada said, "Fenton must obey a number of conditions while on abstaining from drugs, and not owning or operating a motor vehicle.
As a matter of fact, Fenton has no contact with the surviving victim or Beckett's friends, family, and colleagues. He has to report all the intimate relationships and friendships with women, and he has to stay away from the West Shore, including the Colwood, Metchosin, Langford, and Sooke.
The parole board's website notes that the parole prepares the offenders for a full or partial release. They have to go back to an institution or a halfway house.
Fenton was granted a limited day parole in a 70-day program at a treatment center. The two-member panel, however, reversed its demand for a halfway home after treatment.
Beckett's husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, was unhappy with the decision Friday and expressed frustration that he was denied.
"The first [hearing] I just gotta say Sarah's voice again, so I did not get to Sarah's voice again, "he said.
"It's not about me though, it's about Sarah. It's about that voice. It's about the victim's voice. "
Aschenbrenner remains dissatisfied with the sentence that Fenton received, arguing that Canada should be an RCMP officer in the line of duty. He called the four-year sentence an "embarrassment" for a crime that devastated him, his sons, and members of the West Shore RCMP detachment.
– With The Canadian Press
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