Man sentenced in fatal Canada Day 2010 collision

Rodney Ross Arens pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charges last October

A man whose drunk driving convictions were overturned by an appeal court pleaded guilty to new charges last fall.

There was a 13-day trial scheduled to begin Tuesday for Rodney Ross Arens, 40, who was arrested in connection with the collision that killed 13-year-old Jeffrey Chanminaraj and serious injured his older brother and sister on Canada Day in 2010.

Alberta Justice confirmed on Friday that Arens had instead pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and dangerous operation causing bodily harm on Oct. 25, 2017.

Charges of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm were withdrawn.

Arens was sentenced to 961 days in prison, which was satisfied by time already spent in custody. He was also prohibited from driving for three years.

In 2015, Arens was convicted of two impaired driving and two dangerous driving charges after a lengthy trial in the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

He was sentenced to serve five years and nine months in prison, minus 185 days of credit for time he had served in pre-trial custody.

The conviction was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal and a new trial was ordered.

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