Squamish’s Ryan Brandon Reece faces a preliminary hearing on June 9, 2014 in connection with the death of a Squamish mother of two.
Reece remains in custody on charges of criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death and causing an accident resulting in death in connection with the Nov. 1, 2012 death of Tanya Lee Boudewyn, 44.
Four days have been reserved in North Vancouver Provincial Court: June 9 and 11 and July 8 and 9.
The dates were set during a court appearance on Tuesday (Dec. 10).
On Friday (Dec. 6), Reece pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer, escaping custody, taking a vehicle from its owner and driving while prohibited on Aug. 19, 2013. Reece, who has been in custody for the past two months, was sentenced to time already served as well as a two-year driving ban.
Crown counsel Lindsay Herron told Judge Bill Rodgers that Reece was spotted speeding by a police officer monitoring Highway 99 traffic on Aug. 19 at around 12:45 a.m. He was followed into a residential area, where the officer pulled Reece’s car over.
Reece, the only occupant, told the officer he didn’t have identification because he forgot his wallet. Asked for his name, Reece claimed he was “Royce Reece.”
“The officer looks at him and says, ‘I know you, your name is Ryan,’” Herron told the court. “He said, ‘No, no I have two brothers and my name is Royce.’”
The officer continued calling him Ryan and asked for the vehicle registration, which was under the name of a female friend of Reece’s. Reece smelled of liquor and told the officer he last drank two hours earlier.
The officer went to his cruiser to retrieve a breath screening device, but Reece ran away on foot. The officer shouted at Reece, who disappeared into a subdivision. A police dog was called and Reece was eventually found lying, eyes shut, in plain view on the floor of a house under construction. He was arrested, taken to the police station, ticketed for speeding and banned for driving for 24 hours. The vehicle was impounded and the owner later told police that Reece was at her home where they fell asleep after drinking. She denied giving him permission to drive the vehicle.
At the time of the August incident, Reece was already under a driving ban after a May 1 impaired driving conviction.
Herron asked Rodgers for a two-to-three year driving ban and probation with alcohol counselling.
Reece’s lawyer, Hollis Lucky, said the 28-year-old is completing his high school education in jail. He has had an alcohol problem since age 13 and has also smoked marijuana and taken ecstasy and cocaine. He was in a 60-day alcohol treatment program in 2010, Hollis said.
Reece, who wore red prison garb and appeared by video link from North Fraser Pretrial Centre, did not speak in court. Lucky said his client was remorseful for the Aug. 19 incident.
“He acknowledges he has a problem with the alcohol,” Lucky told the court. “He has experienced some trauma in his life with respect to head injuries.”
Said Rodgers: “I’m glad you see that you recognize alcohol is interfering with your life. You’re getting a little old for this, quite frankly. You’re not a teenager anymore. I hope you’ve seen the light and your life will go in a better direction.”
Rodgers banned Reece from driving for two years and ordered him to undergo alcohol counselling.
Outside court, Boudewyn’s father Ron Patterson said he was pleased with the outcome of the guilty plea.
“Thank God he’s still in jail and he’s not out, he can’t do anything,” Patterson said. “When he’s done something wrong, he’s now having to pay for it.”