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Drunk driver continues with day parole

A Lacombe woman sent to prison for the death of two Red Deer teenagers will continue with day parole for the next six months.

Earlier this month the Parole Board of Canada decided April Gail Beauclair, 31, could continue day parole, which was set to expire on Dec. 12.

Beauclair is serving a 3.5-year sentence after driving her car in the early hours of March 31, 2012, into the back of a vehicle that was being pushed along Hwy 11A by three young men from Red Deer.

Colton Keeler, 19, died at the scene. Tyson Vanderzwaag died in hospital six days later, two days after his 18th birthday. The car’s driver, who had been pushing from the side of the car, suffered serious injuries.

Beauclair pleaded guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing death and was granted day parole in June and was allowed to move into an Edmonton halfway house.

Last month she was denied full parole.

Special conditions imposed on Beauclair for day parole include abstaining from alcohol and non-prescription drugs, staying out of premises where alcoholic beverages are the primary commodities, taking part in counselling and psychiatric treatment, taking medication as prescribed, and having no contact with the victims of her offence.

Her driver’s licence was suspended for five years following her release from prison.

Beauclair is eligible for statutory release on Feb. 10, 2015. Her sentence expires on April 10, 2015.

 
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