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2 1/2 years in jail for driver who hit Lucas Shortreed (UPDATE)

David Halliburton pleads guilty to fail to remain and obstruction of justice; wife pleads guilty to obstruction
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Lucas Shortreed.

UPDATE: David Halliburton has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail in the hit and run death of Lucas Shortreed. His wife Anastasia has been given six months of house arrest and 12 months probation. She must also do 200 hours of community service.


UPDATE: The Crown is seeking a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for David Halliburton and six months of house arrest for Anastasia Halliburton.

Court heard that the Halliburtons stopped briefly and looked back, but then drove off after hitting Lucas Shortreed. Their then-11-year-old son was in the car with them at the time.

They later purchased an identical white Dodge Neon and switched both the licence plates and the VIN number from their original vehicle onto the new one.

OPP later borrowed the new Dodge Neon for a re-enactment video they made of the incident.

Six victim impact statements were read out in court.


David and Anastasia Halliburton have pleaded guilty to a total of four charges in relation to the death of Lucas Shortreed.

In a Guelph court Tuesday morning, David Halliburton pleaded guilty to fail to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm or death and obstruction of justice. His wife Anastasia Halliburton pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and careless storage of a firearm.

Shortreed was hit and killed by a car driven by David Halliburton in 2008 as he was walking home from a party on Wellington Road 17. The vehicle that hit him was identified but not found. Fourteen years later police found the vehicle hidden on the Halliburton's nearby property and they were arrested.

The court hearing is ongoing, with victim impact statements also taking place today.

This story will be updated.