Driver Who Hit Lucas Shortreed Sentenced to 2-1/2 Years in Jail
David Halliburton received a jail sentence of two and a half years for his role in the fatal hit-and-run of Lucas Shortreed. His spouse, Anastasia, was sentenced to six months of house arrest, a year of probation, and is required to complete 200 hours of community service.
The court was informed that after striking Lucas Shortreed, the Halliburtons paused momentarily and looked back, but then chose to flee the scene. Their 11-year-old son was also in the vehicle with them at that moment.
Subsequently, the couple acquired a white Dodge Neon identical to their original car and swapped out both the license plates and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) later used this new Dodge Neon for a video re-enactment of the incident. During the court proceedings, six victim impact statements were presented.
Both David and Anastasia Halliburton admitted guilt to a combined four charges connected to Lucas Shortreed’s death. In a Guelph courtroom on a Tuesday morning, David Halliburton confessed to failing to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily harm or death, as well as obstruction of justice. Anastasia Halliburton admitted to obstruction of justice and improper storage of a firearm.
Lucas Shortreed was fatally struck by a vehicle operated by David Halliburton in 2008 while walking home from a party on Wellington Road 17. Although the car was identified, it remained missing until 14 years later when police discovered it concealed on the Halliburton property, leading to their arrest.