September 21, 2013 11:57 am

Saskatchewan mother cries foul over guilty plea

Canoe Lake First Nation mother upset after man she believes struck and killed her daughter pleads guilty to mischief charge.

Devin Sauer / Global News

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – A Canoe Lake First Nation mother is devastated after a man she believes hit and killed her daughter is being released on bail after pleading guilty to a charge of mischief.

Candice Opekokew, 28, was struck by a vehicle while walking outside the Tropical Inn in Lloydminster early in the morning on May 4.

Opekokew was taken to hospital with serious injuries where she later died.

Police arrested 32-year-old Jason Campbell from Lloydminster, Alta. and charged him with five counts including impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Lloydminster RCMP say the only charge that stuck was one of mischief.

Opekokew mother, Leslie Kennedy, claims Campbell lied to police right after the incident, saying he wasn’t the one who hit her daughter.

She also says Campbell allegedly left in a cab before taking a breathalizer.

Kennedy told Global News the court has a videotape of the incident, but she can’t bring herself to watch it.

Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5.

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