Yesterday the 23 year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm, in the October 2011 crash near Grande Prairie. However, in exchange for the plea, that avoided a trial, the Crown dropped 11 other charges, including those of impaired driving, and joined the defence in recommending the three-year prison term.
Holubowich admitted to driving up to 151 kilometres per hour on a stretch of road south of Grande Prairie, which has an 80 kilometre per hour speed limit and upon impact, was travelling 120 kilometres per hour.
The victim’s families were outraged, saying a three year sentence would be far too lenient. One of the victims’ mothers noted it amounts to nine months per dead child, and Connie Hildebrand-Strong called it a disgrace.
The initial shock of the crash turned the entire community upside down, and had people across the country mourning the deaths of the young football players. Vincent Stover, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, Tanner Hildebrant, 15, and Matthew Deller, 16, all passed away as a result of the crash. Zachary Judd spent weeks in a coma, eventually recovering from brain injuries and a fractured skull.