September 5, 2014 10:27 am

Lake Echo woman gets 5 years in prison for killing man while driving drunk


HALIFAX – A woman whose husband was killed by a drunk driver last year burst into tears Thursday as a Halifax-area judge handed down a five-year prison sentence in the case.

Andrea Burnett says she doesn’t believe the penalties for impaired driving go far enough.

Burnett’s 55-year-old husband, Mark Burnett, was killed July 10, 2013 when his SUV was hit head-on by a car shortly before 6 a.m. near Lawrencetown beach.

Kyla Marie MacLellan of Lake Echo pleaded guilty in April to charges of having a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit causing death and bodily harm.

The 21-year-old received five years for the first charge and three years for the second, to be served concurrently.

Court heard that MacLellan’s friend, who was injured in the crash, offered to drive that morning.

But Danielle Drake said MacLellan chose twice to get behind the wheel while impaired.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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