Mother can’t forgive man who killed son
Anthony Getschel was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison AT MORE FROM THE TRIAL AT Saskatchewan introduces minimum semi-truck training after Broncos crash
Ryan Jimmo’s mother could barely hold back tears as she recited a line from her son’s favourite childhood book, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be,” read Linda Jimmo, as family members gathered in the gallery sobbed and leaned on each other for support in an Edmonton courtroom on Monday, waiting to hear how Jimmo’s killer would be punished.
Anthony Getschel, 26, will serve nearly eight years behind bars after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a fatal collision, admitting to hitting Linda Jimmo holds up family photos featuring her son, Ryan Jimmo, outside of court in Edmonton on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Jimmo with his truck outside of an Edmonton bar in 2016.
According to an agreed statement of facts, on June 26, 2016, Jimmo — a 34-yearold celebrated mixed-martial-arts fighter — was driving
in a Jeep Patriot on Whyte Ave. around 2 a.m. At the same time, Getschel — who had just left Cook County Saloon after he and his friend got into a fist fight — raced his 1998 GMC Sierra west on Whyte Ave. The truck pulled
up behind Jimmo’s Jeep.
Seeing the truck approach so aggressively, Jimmo pulled into the parking lot of the H2O Lounge near 101st St. and Whyte Ave. to have words with the driver.
Jimmo walked up to the truck, yelling at Getschel. Getschel stayed in the truck.
As Jimmo turned to walk back to his vehicle, Getschel slammed on the accelerator, driving over two concrete curbs before hitting Jimmo and dragging him a short distance. Jimmo was still alive but badly injured when bystanders gathered outside of the bar flagged down a nearby police officer and called 911. Jimmo went into cardiac arrest in the back of the ambulance and was pronounced dead in hospital.
As others rushed to offer Jimmo aid, Getschel sped his truck out of the parking lot, nearly causing another collision as he fled the scene.
Despite watching Getschel shed tears from the prisoner’s box, Jimmo’s mother said she would “never” forgive Getschel.
“He could say he’s sorry for the next 10 years to me; I still don’t have my son,” said Linda Jimmo. “He took my baby. He’s never going to have me forgive him.” REGINA—The Saskatchewan government is introducing mandatory training for semitruck drivers almost eight months after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
As of March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured in April when the Broncos team bus and a semi collided.
More at thestar.com/canada Starting in March a Class 1 commercial driver will need 121.5 hours of training.