'Junkie' who killed 2 teens while driving high gets 6 years

Kory Mattie and Nicholas Landry were killed in 2011 in Antigonish County

A Nova Scotia man who killed two teenagers while driving high in Antigonish County nearly two years ago has been sentenced to six years in prison.

William Lionel Edmund Byron Fogarty, 30, was driving a car that collided with another vehicle on Highway 4 in Antigonish County in November 2011. The two teenagers in the other car — 16-year-old Kory Mattie and 17-year-old Nicholas (Nico) Landry — died following the crash.

Fogarty had methadone, several prescription drugs and Valium in his system when his car crossed the centre line on the two-lane road on a clear November afternoon.

The Antigonish man was found guilty in July of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving by drugs causing death.

"You were a motorist's worst nightmare," Justice Nick Scaravelli told Fogarty as he handed down the sentence Wednesday at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Angitonish.

Scaravelli sentenced Fogarty to six years in prison less time served. He'll serve five years and 19 days.

He's barred from driving for the next 10 years.

The Crown had recommended eight years concurrently for both convictions of impaired driving causing death and three years for dangerous driving causing death. A lifelong ban on driving was also sought.

The defence disagreed and asked for three to five years in prison and a seven-year driving ban.

Allen Murray, a Crown attorney on the case, said he believed it was the first conviction of its kind in Canada, for drug-impaired driving causing death.

The Crown said Fogarty acknowledged the two deaths, but showed “no remorse.”

The defence said Fogarty referred to himself as "just a junkie" who wished he could trade places with the victims.

In her victim impact statement, Landry’s mother said she works three jobs so she doesn’t have to be home thinking about her son.

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