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Life in drunken driving case

September 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for mowing down a woman in a wheelchair as he drove drunk. It was his 19th drunken driving conviction, the court said.

The life sentence handed down by a Quebec judge was the first for a drunken driving conviction in Canada's history, according to prosecutor Joey Davis.

Roger Walsh, 57, had pleaded guilty to killing Anee Khudaverdian, who was out with her dog on her 47th birthday last year. The impact propelled the woman into a ditch. Walsh kept driving and was arrested about six miles away after driving into a ditch himself.

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