11-year sentence in gas and dash death
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Joshua Mitchell additionally gets a lifetime driving ban Calgary
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