• Carmen Marie Fabio

Eight month sentence in Hudson drunk driving case


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

At the request of victim Tina Adams, Jordan Xavier Taylor (centre) will also have to give 10 talks to area students on the dangers of drinking and driving as part of his sentencing.

Three and a half years after the devastating accident that forever changed the life of Hudson resident Tina Lyon Adams, Jordan Xavier Taylor was sentenced to eight months in prison and one year probation for driving under the influence and causing bodily harm.

“I was hoping it would have been at least a year and a half,” Adams told assembled media at the Valleyfield Courthouse. “But I’m happy the judge included in (Taylor’s) probation, he has to do speaking conferences at schools.”

Adams suffered extensive injuries in the June, 2015 accident in which she and friend Alique Langlois Retolla were hit by Taylor’s car as the pair was out for an early evening jog. In the years since, she has undergone 19 surgeries and today lives with chronic pain and memory issues. Retolla suffered only minor injuries. Adams was a second-year student in Police Technology at John Abbott College at the time but has since been forced to abandon the program due to ongoing medical issues.

As reported by The Journal at the January 9 presentencing hearing, following Taylor’s apology in court, Adams addressed the judge and asked that sentencing include Taylor accompanying her in speaking to area students about the dangers of driving under the influence, a recommendation the accused agreed to.

Judge Bertrand St-Arnaud followed the joint sentencing recommendation put forth by both Defense Lawyer Philip Schneider and Crown Prosecutor Hélène Langis, citing sentences rendered in similar court cases in Quebec. Taking 40 minutes to deliver his decision, Judge St-Arnaud explained how he weighed the aggravating factors against the attenuating factors.

The accused had a blood alcohol limit of 0.133 at the time of the accident, well in excess of the 0.08 legal limit. St-Arnaud cited the nature of the injuries, the number of victims, and the affect the injuries have had on Adams’ life.

The judge also acknowledged that Taylor had pled guilty, had stopped consuming alcohol and cannabis, was gainfully employed and had expressed remorse for his actions.

Taylor will be eligible for parole after serving one third of his sentence, and would normally have to be released after serving two thirds as per the legal system.

“The judge said he can make the required 10 speaking engagements with or without me,” Adams said. “But I can tell you that I will be there.”

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