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Canada Winnipeg police officer sentenced to 30 months in driving death of pedestrian

22:55  30 october  2019
22:55  30 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg police officer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for killing a pedestrian.

Justin Holz pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and the Crown stayed other charges, including impaired driving.

Cody Severight was struck while crossing a street north of Winnipeg's downtown in October 2017.

The 23-year-old was taken to hospital in critical condition but died of his injuries.

Winnipeg police said at the time that Holz was given a breathalyzer three to four hours after arresting officers suspected he might be impaired.

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Holz was off-duty at the time.

Two officers were placed on administrative leave after their conduct was questioned in the case, but the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba later concluded no charges against those officers would be laid.

Police chief Danny Smyth said in a statement Wednesday that Holz is no longer employed with the force.

"I want to express our sympathies to the family of Cody Severight, and hope that they are provided some comfort in the knowledge that they were spared the anguish of a trial," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30.

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