A small memorial shrine for Jon Wood was set up on the steps of the Red Deer provincial courthouse in Red Deer on Wednesday.

A small memorial shrine for Jon Wood was set up on the steps of the Red Deer provincial courthouse in Red Deer on Wednesday.

Sentencing delayed in Wood case

Sentencing has been delayed for a Brooks man convicted of killing a Red Deer taxi passenger to allow Crown and defence to review a large number of victim impact statements.

Sentencing has been delayed for a Brooks man convicted of killing a Red Deer taxi passenger to allow Crown and defence to review a large number of victim impact statements.

About 20 victim impact statements were received by the Crown in the death of Jonathan David Wood, 33. Wood was killed on Nov. 2, 2013, while riding home from a bar in a taxi.

Tyler James Wilson, 19, pleaded guilty in December 2014 to dangerous driving causing death. A charge of impaired driving causing death was withdrawn.

His sentencing was scheduled for Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court before Judge James Glass.

Friends, family and supporters of Wood filled the court room, as they have throughout Wilson’s court proceedings.

Crown prosecutor Ed Ring asked Glass to have Wilson’s sentencing postponed to a later date. He noted the volume of victim impact statements as the reason.

Both Crown and defence counsel Lorne Goddard are required to review the statements and determine their admissibility.

Goddard said his client was also going to surrender himself into custody ahead of sentencing.

Wilson’s bail was revoked and he will await sentencing in jail.

The next sentencing date for Wilson is on March 3 in Red Deer provincial court.

Ring estimates it will take half a day to complete the matter.

The maximum sentence for dangerous driving causing death is five years in custody.

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