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Dad sentenced in drunk driving crash that killed his daughter

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 7:13 am MDT

Family and friends console each other after a sentence was handed down in the drunk-driving trial of Michael Bomford. (PHOTO: Raynaldo Suarez)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A Calgary man who killed his daughter and seriously injured her best friend in a drunk-driving crash has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

Michael Shaun Bomford, 55, was found guilty in January of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, as well as causing a crash while impaired.

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In court, it was reported Bomford had three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system in 2016 when he drove his 17-year-old daughter, Meghan, and her friend, Kelsey Nelson, to get police checks to become junior ringette coaches.

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Nelson, who is now 20, told Bomford’s sentencing hearing that she has a permanent brain injury, has lost social skills as a result, and has memory problems after three surgeries.\

After the sentencing, Nelson said she had no initial reaction other than despair.

“I’m devasted for sure. I will be devasted every day for the rest of my life that I don’t have my best friend beside me.”

“That is the biggest loss I have felt this whole accident.”

She said she did not have much more to add other than to take their tragic tale as a lesson.

“I don’t have a lot to say, but don’t drink and drive. Don’t drink and drive.”

Nelson said she and Meghan had been best friends for 12 years and that Bromford had been a father-figure for her, but that has now changed.

“I know what real hate feels like when I look at him.”

She said that although they will never get true closure, at least it is over.

“He deserves so much more than the sentence that he had gotten.”

Meghan’s aunt, Heather Cooper, said the sentence was much lower than they had hoped.

“Five and a half years is going to have to be enough. It’s what we got, so we’ll take it, but nothing is going to bring Meghan back.”

“This could have been taken care of so much sooner if he had just pleaded guilty.”

She added that the family can now finally mourn her loss.

“Now we can finally start to grieve Meghan and the loss that’s in our life every single day without her.”

“She was a light in our family and it’s been extinguished.”