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A Winnipeg university student has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed his friend.
Jong Hoon Kim, 23, pleaded guilty to driving impaired causing death for the December 2011 tragedy. The victim, Dong Hyun Kim, suffered extensive injuries after the car being driven by Jong Kim rolled on Pembina Highway at Byng Place, near the Jubilee underpass.
The driver and passenger are not related. Both were students at the University of Manitoba who had recently come to Canada from Korea.
"This was not an accident. This was a crime," provincial court Judge Dale Schille said Tuesday in handing down his sentence. He acknowledged prison wasn’t typically a place for people like Kim, who has no prior criminal record, is filled with shame and remorse and is unlikely to re-offend. But he said a strong message must be sent to other would-be drunk drivers that there is a heavy price to pay for such a crime.
The Crown was seeking up to five years in prison for Kim, who has no prior criminal record. Defence lawyer Jay Prober had requested a two year penalty.
Kim potentially faces deportation from Canada once his sentence is complete.
Court heard that Kim, the victim and another passenger had spent the evening at a Winnipeg bar celebrating a friend’s birthday. They then drove around the city, heading to Osborne Village, the Forks, picking up more beer and eventually going south.
Kim’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit at the time of the single-vehicle crash.
"What is surprising is that you didn’t crash your vehicle sooner," Schille said Tuesday.
"This was not an accident. This was a crime," provincial court Judge Dale Schille said Tuesday in handing down his sentence. He acknowledged prison wasn’t typically a place for people like Kim
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