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Crockwell’s trial set for October on court breach charge


A man who made headlines more than four years ago when he slipped past police during a standoff in Bay Bulls will go to trial in the fall on a charge of breaching court orders.

Leo Crockwell.

Leo Crockwell wasn’t in provincial court in St. John’s this morning when his case was called. He was represented by his lawyer, Nick Westera.

Crockwell’s trial is set for Oct. 8.

He’s pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleges that between June 16 and June 26, 2014, Crockwell “did without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with the set order.”

However, court documents don’t indicate what the order was.

He was released on bail a few days after his arrest.

Before going to trial in that case, the 60-year-old will first have to deal with another legal matter.

On June 1, 2012, Crockwell was convicted of firearms charges as a result of an eight-day armed standoff with the RCMP in December 2010.

On Feb. 15, 2013, he was sentenced to a global sentence of four years (1,460 days), with three years’ probation. Crockwell was given straight-time credit for the 797 days he’d already spent in custody.

As it turns out, his jail term didn’t add up.

With prisoners normally serving the provincial standard two-thirds of their sentence, Crockwell wasn’t scheduled to be released until May 2014.

However, Crockwell filed an application, claiming his sentence was miscalculated and that he should be freed earlier.

Newfoundland Supreme Court Justice Alphonsus Faour agreed and ruled that calculating Crockwell’s release date should have been based on his total four-year sentence because that was the mandatory minimum for the charges, according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Crockwell was released in December 2013 following the decision.

The Crown has appealed a Newfoundland Supreme Court judge’s decision, which allowed Crockwell to be released from jail earlier than expected.

Arguments for the appeal are scheduled to be heard Sept. 17.

 

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