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Protests at sentencing hearing for man charged with deadly crash

Friends and family of a man killed in a suspected drunk driving crash one year ago, protested outside the Calgary Courts Centre on Thursday, as a sentencing hearing was held for the man accused in his death.

Friends and family of Francis Pesa carried banners and posters of impaired driving victims and demanded stiffer sentences for those found guilty.

Pesa was killed after a crash on New Year’s Day 2014, on Metis Trail. Chohan was driving a dodge truck and hit the BMW Pesa was driving, head on.

Pesa died several days later in hospital. Chohan’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Kulwinder Singh Chohan pled guilty to impaired driving causing death.

At least a dozen victim impact statements were read at the sentencing hearing on Thursday.

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Family and friends of Pesa told the court how much his death has impacted them. This as the defence and crown made a joint submission of three years in jail.

Hervin Pesa is the victim’s brother.

“You tell me is that just, is that representative of the loss my family has had, of a young 20 year old being lost forever. Unless heaven has visiting hours I don’t think we can justify that because his family can see him as much as they please but I will never see my brother again.”

The judge has reserved his ruling on the sentence.

Impaired driving causing death carries a maximum of life in prison.