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Five years for B.C. man guilty of horrific road rage death

Silas O'Brien was killed as a result of a road rage incident near Langley, B.C.

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A B.C. resident has been handed a five and a half year prison sentence for running a truck off a Langley road and then driving back to mow down a 21-year-old passenger standing nearby.

Brent Parent also received a 12-year driving ban after being found guilty of criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

The Crown was seeking an eight-year prison term and 15-year driving ban for the March 2008 incident that resulted in the death of Silas O'Brien, who was in a truck with two friends, heading to the airport for a vacation.

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The Crown has said Mr. Parent became angry after he was passed by Mr. O'Brien's truck and ran the other pickup off the road before returning to the scene and killing Mr. O'Brien, who was standing by the side of the road.

Mr. Parent claimed he sped away because the men from the other truck tried to charge his vehicle and he didn't realize Mr. O'Brien had been hit and killed.

The judge said Mr. Parent's version of events defied common sense and that he'd failed to call police.

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