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What will Dr. Christy Natsis's sentence be?

Tony Spears - Postmedia Network

Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis leaves the Elgin Street courthouse through a side door  on Friday, May, 29, 2015, with defence lawyer Solomon Friedman. Natsis was convicted of impaired and dangerous driving, both causing death, in the March 2011 crash that killed Bryan Casey.

Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis leaves the Elgin Street courthouse through a side door on Friday, May, 29, 2015, with defence lawyer Solomon Friedman. Natsis was convicted of impaired and dangerous driving, both causing death, in the March 2011 crash that killed Bryan Casey.

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Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis remains free on bail but she is likely looking at prison time after her convictions Friday for drunk and dangerous driving causing the death of Bryan Casey.

Casey, 50, died in a March 31, 2011 head-on collision near Arnprior on Hwy. 17.

Neither Crown prosecutor John Ramsay nor defence lawyer Michael Edelson gave a hint of what sort of time they might seek when Natsis, 50, appears for her sentencing hearing.

But two prominent Ottawa cases suggest she'll be doing time in a federal penitentiary, which is a reserved for those serving sentences of two years or more.

Jack Tobin killed his friend while doing donuts on the roof of a Byward Market parking garage in a Christmas Eve 2010 tragedy .

He pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and received a three-year prison sentence.

A guilty plea is what the courts call a mitigating factor that a judge will take into account in crafting a fit sentence; it shows the offender has taken responsibility.

Natsis won't have this advantage.

In March, Vlad Precup got a four-year prison sentence after he was convicted at trial for dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident, both causing death.

He'd struck and killed a pedestrian at a downtown intersection in July 2008.

Ramsay -- who was the Crown prosecutor in the Precup case -- had asked for eight years.

tony.spears@sunmedia.ca