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Brenden Holubowich granted day parole

Brenden Holubowich makes his way to the courthouse for sentencing in the deaths of four high school football players, in Grande Prairie Alberta, on Tuesday February 26, 2013.
Brenden Holubowich makes his way to the courthouse for sentencing in the deaths of four high school football players, in Grande Prairie Alberta, on Tuesday February 26, 2013. Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON- The man convicted in a crash that killed four Grande Prairie teens and seriously injured another has been granted day parole.

Brenden Holubowich, 23, appeared in front of a Drumheller parole board Thursday.

In February, Holubowich pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He was sentenced to three years in jail.

His pickup truck collided with a car carrying five members of the Warriors football team from Grande Prairie Composite High School in October 2011.

A fifth player was pulled from the wreckage and survived.

Court heard Holubowich had been drinking and was driving as fast as 151 km/h on the way home to the nearby town of Wembley. The football players had just left a party outside Grande Prairie and pulled off the highway to make a U-turn. Their car was struck as it straddled the centre line.

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Walter Borden-Wilkins and Tanner Hildebrand, both 15, and Matthew Deller and Vince Stover, both 16, were killed.

Zach Judd, who was 15 at the time, suffered a severe brain injury and had to learn to walk and talk again.

Holubowich was denied a request for full parole Thursday.

Holubowich’s parole conditions require he abstain from alcohol and that he seek counselling.

With files from The Canadian Press