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Man who dragged gas-station attendant to his death fails to return to Victoria halfway house

Nov 07 2011

VANCOUVER — The young man who dragged Grant de Patie to his death during a gas-and-dash in Maple Ridge has violated his parole for the second time by ignoring his curfew and failing to return to his Victoria halfway house, according to de Patie's father.

Doug de Patie said he was informed by parole board officials late last night that Darnell Pratt, 22, is on the loose again. Pratt, who was give a nine-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2005, was freed last week in keeping with federal statutory release.

He was also let out in 2010 but was sent back to prison after violating parole in Kamloops. "He's making a mockery of our parole system," de Patie told Global TV.

Pratt was 16 when he gassed up a stolen car and raced off, dragging de Patie, who had tried to stop him, under the vehicle. De Patie's family lobbied the provincial government for legislative changes - called Grant's Law - that now require motorists to pay for fuel in advance.

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