Young man convicted in death of Calgary police officer sentenced to 12 years in prison

The young man responsible for the death of Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett was sentenced to 12 years in jail Wednesday. Jillian Code shares the details of the judge’s decision.

A young man convicted of manslaughter in the death of a Calgary police officer nearly three years ago has been sentenced to 12 years in prison minus time served.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett died on New Year’s Eve 2020 when he was dragged over 400 metres after pulling over a car.

The person behind the wheel was just 17 at the time, meaning his identity is protected.

The now 20-year-old testified during trial that he hit the gas because he was scared after seeing Harnett put his hand on his gun.

Prosecutors asked for an adult sentence — 11 to 13 years — as the driver was just 11 days away from his 18th birthday at the time of the crime.

The defence asked for seven-and-a-half years minus credit for time served.

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