The woman who was found guilty in the deaths of a Pitt Meadows couple has been sentenced to 90 days in jail intermittently.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday morning that Andelina Hecimovic must also serve 120 hours of community service and two years’ probation. She was also handed down a three year driving prohibition.
Hecimovic was convicted for dangerous driving causing the deaths of 21-year-old Johnny de Oliveira and his 19-year-old girlfriend Rebecca (Beckie) Dyer in January.
The couple died in 2010 when they collided with an out-of-control car on Lougheed Highway while they were on their way home from a Justin Bieber concert.
In court, the judge ruled that Hecimovic, who her defense argued was an “exceptional offender” will serve her 90 day sentence Tuesday evening to Thursday morning each week until the entire time is served.
Hecimovic’s lawyer, Dimitri Kontou, said the sentence will allow her to continue her job as a nurse, and “functioning within the community, while serving her sentence.”
“She’s a young person who’s had this over her head for the last six years,” he said. “She had a clean record before and has a clean record ever since.”
Outside the court, the victims’ families questioned how an intermittent sentence will act as a detterent to distracted and reckless driving.
“Six years is a long time – what’s she’s put everyone through,” Johnny’s mom Audrey de Oliveira said. “And she only get’s a little bit here, a little bit there?”
Tuesday’s sentencing was the second trial for Hecimovic related to the deaths of Oliveira and Dyer. In 2013, she was aquitted on the two charges.