CJOB's Keith McCullough reporting
The man who drove the car that struck and killed 19-year old Melissa Ranville on Shepherd Street in 2009 was sentenced in a Winnipeg courtroom Wednesday morning. Roop Dhaliwal got one year behind bars and 6 months to be served concurently..for driving without a licence. So the total jail time will be one year. He pled guilty to both charges. Court heard he drove the vehicle that struck Ranville. He didn't brake or stop to help her. Dhaliwal was out on bail at the time after being arrested for impaired driving. He was not supposed to be driving. The Crown asked for two years, while the Defence wanted a conditional sentence. The judge called the crime cowardly and agregious. Dhaliwal had not been speeding or drinking, and the victim was walking on the road in dark clothing. Dhaliwal will also receive a further three year driving ban when released. Ranville's family said they would never forgive him and the sentence gave no closure.
(Melissa Ranville's parents Janet and John Delorme following the sentencing. Photo by CJOB's Keith McCullough)