Manslaughter plea from young man accused of killing York Regional Police Constable Garrett Styles

Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the man's first degree murder conviction

A young man who was 15 at the time York Regional Police Constable Garrett Styles was killed has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in his death.

Back in June 2011, Styles conducted a traffic stop on Highway 48 in East Gwillimbury, but the driver refused to get out of the vehicle, the van accelerated, dragging the officer until crashing and landing on top of him.

The teen was left a quadriplegic.

Court heard he had taken his parents’vehicle to go driving with his friends, even though he did not have a licence.

In a statement from York Regional Police, it said the young man was sentenced on Monday to two years probation and restrictions for operating a vehicle.

He was convicted in 2015 of first degree murder, but that was tossed by the Ontario Court of Appeal which ruled the trial judge had erred for failing to caution jurors that they needed to consider the man’s level of maturity and age.

Feature image of Constable Garrett Styles from York Regional police hand-out