11-year sen­tence in gas and dash death

Thurs­day, Au­gust 31, 2017 Joshua Mitchell ad­di­tion­ally gets a life­time driv­ing ban Calgary

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A man who ran over and killed a gas-sta­tion worker try­ing to stop him from steal­ing fuel has been sen­tenced to 11 years in prison.

Joshua Cody Mitchell, 22, was con­victed by a jury ear­lier this year of man­slaugh­ter, hit and run and theft.

“There was no in­tent to kill here,’’ Jus­tice Alan Ma­cleod said in his sen­tenc­ing de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day. “There was no in­tent to se­ri­ously in­jure, but the risks were patently ob­vi­ous.’’

Ma­cleod also handed Mitchell a life­time driv­ing ban.

Maryam Rashidi, who was 35, died two years ago when Mitchell ran over her as he took off with­out pay­ing for $113 of fuel.

She and her hus­band had come to Canada from Iran in 2014 be­cause she wanted a bet­ter life for their son. She had been work­ing at the Cen­tex gas sta­tion for just two weeks after be­ing laid off from her en­gi­neer­ing job dur­ing Calgary’s eco­nomic down­turn.

Mitchell’s sen­tence con­sists of 10 years for man­slaugh­ter and an ad­di­tional year for hit and run. The judge gave him about 3-1/2 years of credit for time served.

“I’d like to apol­o­gize to the fam­ily and friends of Ms. Rashidi for the ... pain and suf­fer­ing I have caused their fam­ily,’’ Mitchell said in a state­ment to the court be­fore he was sen­tenced.

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, Rashidi’s brother said he is haunted by thoughts of his sis­ter’s fi­nal mo­ments when she was ly­ing on the ground “like a rag doll.’’

“I did not live any sin­gle day with­out think­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flash­backs of what sce­nar­ios hap­pened to my sis­ter in that crime in­ci­dent,’’ Mo­hamad Rashidi wrote in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read in court as his mother wept qui­etly.

“I don’t know what you may feel when you read that your loved one’s been run over by a ve­hi­cle and left on the ground look(ing) like a rag doll.

“It set fire on Maryam’s mother’s heart.’’

Another state­ment was writ­ten by the vic­tim’s hus­band be­fore he died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent in June.

“Some things that you lose you re­cover over time. Other losses are im­mea­sur­able and can never be re­trieved. For in­stance, the loss of in­no­cence of a child whose mother was taken from him,’’ Ah­mad Nourani Shallo wrote be­fore his death.

“How could any­one re­place that ab­sence? How could I re­place that role?’’

Rashidi and Shallo had one son, who sur­vived the crash that killed his fa­ther.

It set fire on maryam’s mother’s heart. Mo­hamed rashidi

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