BARRIE, ONT. - A Canada Day celebration ended up in a tragic heap of twisted metal and death when Michael McLaughlin drove with almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and caused the death of his common-law wife two years ago.
McLaughlin, 47, formerly the head chef at Georgian Downs, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for impaired driving causing the death of 29-year-old Melissa Jones, originally from Mississauga.
“This is a graphic and depressing reminder of the continued carnage on our streets in Canada,” Justice Michael Brown said in his sentencing. “Drinking and driving causes a trail of death, injury, heartbreak and destruction.”