Lawyer of quadriplegic cop-killer asks for mercy
NEWMARKET — The lawyer for the young man who became a quadriplegic when he murdered Const. Garrett Styles in a joyride crash four years ago begged the judge to show mercy.
“He never intended to kill Const. Styles,” lawyer James Lockyer told the sentencing hearing Friday. “Justice can always be tempered with mercy.”
The Crown wants the 19-year-old to spend five years in a residential youth facility followed by four years of supervision, but Lockyer urged the judge to allow his client to serve his sentence for first-degree murder in the community so he can live in an apartment and go to university.
The killer was just 15 when he stole his parents’ van for a late-night joyride on June 28, 2011. Styles, 32, a York Regional Police officer and father of two, pulled the teen over for going 140 km/h in an 80- km/h zone on Hwy. 48 north of Newmarket. The teen refused to get out and when the officer reached in to grab the keys, the teen sped off with Styles dangling halfway in t