Marc-André Doucet, who was driving drunk when he crashed his car in downtown Fredericton, killing his young passenger, was sentenced Wednesday to four years behind bars for impaired driving causing death.
Jennifer Dawn Brewer, 24, died in the crash on St. Anne's Point Drive on June 10, 2016.
When Doucet gets out of prison, he will be barred from driving for seven years, Judge Terrence Morrison of the Court of Queen's Bench decided.
"This was not an accident, it was a crime," Morrison said. "You caused the death of a young woman and must bear the consequences."
Outside the courtroom, some of Brewer's family and friends got into a short confrontation with Doucet's father, Raymond Doucet.
"It was an accident," the father said.
No it wasn't, the family said.
Around 3:30 a.m the day of the crash, Doucet's vehicle left the road on the sweeping turn at the foot of Regent Street.
Brewer's body was recovered from the St. John River two days later.
At sentencing, Morrison said mitigating factors were that Doucet showed remorse and pleaded guilty.
He also wrote a letter of apology and, at 27 years old, has good prospects of rehabilitation, the judge said.
Aggravating factors included Doucet's high blood alcohol levels and speed in excess of 82 kilometres an hour.
After the collision, Doucet also called a tow truck instead of police, and he initially told police he was the passenger.
Doucet already had a record of one conviction for impaired driving and one for driving while suspended.
At the sentencing hearing March 22, the Crown recommended four years in prison.
When he serves his sentence, Doucet will be credited for time already spent in custody.