Anti-drunk driving activists are furious that a notorious northern Alberta drunk driver who killed a mother and three children in an alcohol-fuelled, head-on crash will not be declared a dangerous offender.
“How many more people does he need to kill before he is considered a dangerous offender?” asked Margaret Miller, national president for MADD Canada, in a phone interview.
Raymond Charles Yellowknee faces a sentence of 20 years in prison minus four years credit for time already served and has been declared a long-term offender, judge Ernie Walter ruled yesterday in Slave Lake.
Yellowknee will also require 10 years of supervision once he is released and is banned from driving for life.
The 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to four counts of drunk driving causing death in 2006, along with other offences related to evading police while driving. Yellowknee has also faced 71 charges related to impaired driving since he was 18, but has only been in jail for one year.