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Appeal court clarifies 'jump principle' in sentencing

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The “jump principle” that cautions against handing a repeat offender a much harsher sentence than for earlier transgressions doesn’t apply when the seriousness of the crime dramatically escalates, the Ontario Court of Appeal has reminded counsel.

The province’s top court recently partially allowed the appeal of Sunday Mawut, who was sentenced in 2013 to 9.5 years in prison for a violent drug store robbery in 2011 (his sentence was reduced by 18 months to reflect his pre-sentence custody): R. v. Mawut 2017 ONCA 168.

Justices Harry...