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Procedure - Pleas - Setting aside guilty plea

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM  

Appeal by the accused, Alec, from a conviction for manslaughter. The accused appeared for trial on a count of second degree murder. After two days of evidence, the accused pled guilty to manslaughter. The accused was represented by counsel throughout. The plea resulted from settlement discussions and was accepted by the Crown. A joint submission sought a six-year sentence, less credit. The trial judge accepted the plea, acquitted the accused of second degree murder and entered a conviction for manslaughter. Approximately five months later, the accused...