Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge to Hand Down Sentence in Crash That Killed Football Players

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge to Hand Down Sentence in Crash That Killed Football Players

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Judge to hand down sentence in deadly crash

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. - A northern Alberta judge will hand down his sentence today for a young man convicted in a crash that left four high school football players dead and a fifth badly injured.

The Crown and defence have agreed Brenden Holubowich, 23, should receive a prison term of three years and a driving prohibition for another three years.

But Court of Queen's Bench Justice William Tilleman said Tuesday he needed time to think about whether it's an appropriate punishment.

Holubowich pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

His truck collided with a car carrying the five members of the Warriors football team from Grande Prairie Composite High School on October 22, 2011.

Court heard Holubowich had earlier been drinking with co-workers at a Grande Prairie bowling alley and was driving at speeds as high as 151 km/h on Highway 668 on the way home to the nearby town of Wembley.

The football players had just left a party outside the city. But within minutes their car and three others pulled off the highway and into the driveway of a nearby business. One by one, they all quickly made U-turns on the highway to go in the other direction.

Their car, the last to make the U-turn, was struck as it straddled the centre line. …

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