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Guilty plea in case of deadly drunk driving

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A motorist who struck and killed a young West St. Paul man in an impaired-driving crash has pleaded guilty.

Brad Skawretko, 34, admitted Tuesday he was driving his truck while over the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 and caused the death of Brett Yasinsky, 22, on Nov. 10, 2010.

Yasinsky was on his way to the movies when a crash at Grassmere Road and McPhillips Street ended his life, his family has said. He had left home just minutes earlier.

Skawretko wasn't charged until September 2011, nearly a year after the fatal collision. He was committed to stand trial on several charges after a preliminary inquiry in November 2012.

Skawretko acknowledged he was giving up his right to challenge issues that may have existed in his case.

Defence lawyer Josh Weinstein told court potential issues included how a blood sample had expired, potential legal problems with the breath demand made by RCMP and the fact Skawretko's level of intoxication may have been affected by anti-anxiety medication in his system.

No facts of the case were disclosed Tuesday by prosecutors, and sentencing was put off until later this year. Skawretko remains free on release conditions.

There is no joint recommendation between the Crown and Weinstein on what punishment Skawretko should receive, court heard.

 

-- James Turner

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 29, 2014 A6

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