EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who badly hurt a city couple after hunting them down in his pickup and running their car off the road was handed a seven-year prison term Friday.
A four-year sentence had been proposed for Robert Shular, 27, in an earlier joint submission by the Crown and defence, however -- in a rare move -- the provincial court judge rejected the plea bargain agreement.
Shular, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 13 to two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and one count of hit and run, was also banned from driving for 10 years.
Judge James Wheatley ruled a more “appropriate” sentence on the criminal negligence charge relating to the more severely injured male victim was one of six years and he also ruled a one-year sentence for the hit and run should be served consecutively.
“It was in all matters a hunt,” said Wheatley, adding the “high speeds and reckless conduct” involved in the Oct. 3, 2012, chase were aggravating, as were Shular’s previous convictions for dangerous driving and flights from police.