An Alberta man was given his sentence Friday in a Red Deer courtroom for killing four people in a highway collision nine months ago.

Tyler Stevens, 29, was given a six and a half year sentence, followed by a six-year driving prohibition.

The sentence came after Stevens pleaded guilty in September to four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The charges were laid in connection to a highway crash in March, 2012, that left four people dead, and a fifth with serious injuries.

RCMP said Stevens had been driving his Range Rover south in the northbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway when the collision occurred.

Earlier in the day, Stevens’ defence lawyer and the Crown Prosecutor filed a joint recommendation for sentencing – which ended up being the 6.5 year prison term he was given.

With files from Bill Fortier