Jack Tobin gets 3 years in prison

Former premier’s son guilty of impaired driving causing death


Jack Tobin has been sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in the death of his close friend, Alex Zolpis, last Christmas eve. He has also received a seven-year-driving ban, to begin when his prison sentence ends. The 24-year-old son of former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death in May. Zolpis was killed when he was pinned under a pickup truck that Tobin was driving. Judge Lise Maisonneuve says she took into account both Tobin’s extreme remorse and his history of drunk and reckless driving to make her final decision. Brian Tobin says his son will make a contribution to Alex Zolpis’ community when he is released from prison.

The Canadian Press

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Jack Tobin gets 3 years in prison

  1. NOT enough in my books – he obvi has a drinking problem as does my own son of the same age as alcohol + testosterone = invincible.
    However the mitigating factors in my mind are the previous repeat offences.  He obvi felt NO remorse for the previous acts of temporary insanity right up until the moment he killed his best friend. (to wit, Dany Heately)
    The punishment in jail is irrelevent because punishment only works some of the time, but as they do in the Czech republic, first offence lose the car and one year automatic suspension, second offence lose the car and LIFETIME suspension.  Over there people drink all over the place but no one drinks and drives.
    End of conversation.

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