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Driver who killed Silas O’Brien will be back on road in 2026
Brent Parent has claimed a small victory in the B.C. Court of Appeals.
Parent, 43, who is serving five-and-a-half years in federal prison for the hit-and-run death of 21-year-old Silas O’Brien, was in court on Monday, Sept. 30.
He was there to appeal his driving ban, contending that the 12-year prohibition should run from the date of sentencing, not begin once he is released from prison.
The Crown, meanwhile sought the substitution of a 15-year driving prohibition, commencing from the date of sentencing.
In the end, the appeal judges ruled for a 14-year driving ban, commencing from the date of sentencing.
That means instead of getting his driver’s licence back in 2029, Parent will be able to drive again in 2026.
In May 2012, a Supreme Court judge sentenced Parent to federal time.
Parent had accumulated 64 driving infractions and five driving suspensions during his years on the road.
When he was sentenced in May, 2012, Judge Terence Schultes suggested that Parent take advantage of anger management courses which would be available to him in a federal prison.
On the second anniversary of O’Brien’s death, Parent was pulled over by police on 16 Avenue for driving 105 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.
He said he was rushing home to see if it was his friend who had been killed in an avalanche.