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Sentence in West Kelowna tragedy could be passed as early as this summer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 | 12:28 pm

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Tyler Boyer (Facebook photo)

By Joe Fries

It looks as though the man who ran over and killed Tyler Boyer outside a West Kelowna party last summer could be sentenced as soon as this July.

Ryan Kelly pleaded guilty last week to a single count of dangerous driving death stemming from the incident Aug. 22, 2010. Charges of impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death will be dropped as a result.

Defence counsel Joe Gordon and Crown counsel Martin Nadon told a justice of the peace today they’re confident a one-day sentencing hearing can be scheduled for early July; a firm date will be fixed next week.

Kelly has been in custody since he turned himself in to police on Aug. 23. His bail application was denied.

Gordon told previously that he’ll ask that his client’s eventual sentence include a portion that can be served at home, while he told a local newspaper that he’ll ask for that house arrest portion to begin immediately after sentencing.

Today, Gordon again declined to be more specific about what exactly he’ll be asking for.

“These things are difficult, indeed tragic,” for family and friends of both the victim and the accused, Gordon said. “By early July, (Kelly) will have done sufficient time to make it more likely the court might feel that sentencing him him at that point in time might be more appropriate.”

A technical suitability report has already been ordered that will assess Kelly’s home to make sure it’s appropriate for a person under house arrest, particularly in respect to electronic monitoring.

Boyer, 21, was struck and killed by Kelly’s pickup truck as Kelly left the property on Bartley Road following an altercation with other people at a party there. Kelly was 19 at the time.

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