It was an emotional morning at the Valleyfield courthouse yesterday. On the docket was the sentencing of Brandon Pardi. He faced a maximum of 14 years in prison after being convicted of dangerous driving causing death following an accident that killed a toddler in Ile Perrot in 2007.
Also showing strain was the toddler’s mother, Nadine Leduc.
After the judge handed down the sentence – two years less a day to be served under house arrest – the emotions burst to the surface.
Pardi was spared jail time. That decision sent a jolt through everyone.
Everyone who has watched and read about this case as it has made its way through the courts for the last four-and-a-half years has an opinion. Fine. There may never be a consensus of whether it was fair or just.
But there is no doubt that this case should serve as a dramatic reminder that all acts can have serious and devastating consequences.
When you talk to your kids about responsibility, point to this case. When your teenager thinks he or she knows it all, point to this case. When things go horribly wrong, there are no winners. Everyone loses.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and opionions below.
To read the full version of Quebec Court Judge Michel Mercier’s judgment, click here.