An Ottawa man at the wheel of a car that killed a Cornwall couple and made orphans of their three children has received 18 months behind bars.
Minus the credit for time served, Simon Banke's sentence means another 13 months in jail.
Banke was convicted of dangerous driving causing death after a guilty plea in May for his role in the tragic accident that killed Leo Paul Regnier and his wife Sherrianne.
The two had moved to Ottawa from Cornwall. They had been high school sweethearts and both attended Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School in the early 1990s.
The couple was waiting for a bus on Sept. 16, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. when Banke’s car left Albert Street and smashed into them. Leo Paul Regnier was killed at the scene while Sherrianne died days later in hospital.
The couple left behind three girls, Isabella, 9, Jessica, 13, and Sarah, 15, who now live with family in Cornwall.
Banke will also have to perform 200 hours of community service as part of his sentence. He will also be eligible for parole and could be periodically released while in jail.