Drunk driver who killed common-law wife sentenced to five years

Melissa Jones, 29, formerly of Mississauga, was killed July 2, 2011, when a speeding vehicle driven...

Melissa Jones, 29, formerly of Mississauga, was killed July 2, 2011, when a speeding vehicle driven by her drunk boyfriend Michael McLaughlin crashed.

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

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.”


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