Rachelle Leost was killed in crash involving a stolen vehicle.
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WINNIPEG -- A man who killed a Winnipeg mom of three in a drunken crash while out on bail has admitted to trying to trade cocaine for sex from an undercover cop shortly after being granted statutory release from prison.
Ashley Louie Richard, 37, pleaded guilty this week to a prostitution-related charge as well as for possession of illegal drugs for the purpose of trafficking and simple possession. Provincial court Judge John Guy sentenced him to two years less a day in jail to be followed by a year of probation.
On the night of Nov. 3, 2011, Richard approached the female cop working a vice-related sting at Charles Street and Burrows Avenue, offering to sell her "soft" -- street slang for cocaine, federal Crown attorney Geoff Bayly told court.
When the cop said she had no money, Richard offered to trade her the drugs for sex. Police swooped in to arrest him and Richard dropped a fanny pack containing a small amount of cocaine and more than $600 cash, Guy heard.
Richard was back in public, living at a halfway house after serving two-thirds of his sentence for impaired driving causing the death of Rachelle Leost, 38. By law, virtually all federal prisoners are entitled to early release.
Leost, a mother of three, was driving to work in the early morning of May 12, 2007, when a van sped past a stop sign at Arlington Street and Cathedral Avenue and smashed into her van.
A probation officer who came to collect his belongings from the halfway house found more cash and cocaine bundled up in a sweater, Bayly said.
Richard was returned to prison, served the full remainder of his sentence for the Leost crash and got bail.
On June 14, cops again arrested him after he turned up drunk at a woman's home and attacked her, Bayly said. The woman fled and called police.
Cops picked him up outside of his curfew at Maryland Street and Notre Dame Avenue soon after and returned him to custody, where he's been ever since.
Richard's charges in relation to the domestic incident are still pending.
At the time of the deadly crash that killed Leost, Richard was on bail on drug charges, prohibited from driving and under a court order not to consume alcohol.
On paper, Richard was handed a six-year prison term. But after receiving double credit for the time he spent locked up before trial, the sentence was cut down to two years, eight months.
In addition to the fatal impaired-driving conviction, Richard also has priors for sexual assault, assault with a weapon, assault, theft and court-order breaches, Bayly said.
Defence lawyer Ursula Goeres said his record is related to long-standing issues with drug and alcohol abuse. The cocaine found in his belongings was for "personal use," she said.
"It is his long-term wish to overcome his drug and alcohol addictions, get a job and contribute to the support of his child when his is released," Goeres said.
Guy credited him for four months of time already served. Richard returns to court Oct. 1.