UNEXPECTED GUILTY PLEAS ON 2 CHARGES IN JOHN TSEKOURAS CASE. HE IS SENTENCED TO AN ADDITIONAL 5 YEARS IN PRISON AND 260 000$ FINE. ALL OTHER CHARGES WITHDRAWN
At 5:30 on Thursday March 8th, a handcuffed John Tsekouras appeared before Danial Newton in Courtroom 205 for a surprise guilty plea and sentence. Crown Attorney is Claude Richer and defence lawyer is Joseph Wilkinson.
Tsekouras has plead guilty to counts 2 & 11, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and trafficking in cocaine.
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He is sentenced to 9 years concurrent on the conspiracy charge and 5 years consecutive on the trafficking charge. He’s also fined 200 000$ dollars plus 60 000$ victim surcharge fine. He’s given 20 years to pay the fine or he faces an additional 2 years in jail. ALL OTHER CHARGES ARE DROPPED.
In 2015 he was sentenced to over 11 years in prison, less two years credit, but was released on bail pending an appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The grounds for the appeal included, among other reasons, the claim that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was violated with the police seizure of his Blackberry—a critical part of the Crown’s case—without a warrant.
The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s verdict despite what it called “the investigative missteps” that were made in the collection of evidence. His Leave To Appeal at Supreme Court was denied on February 8,2018 and Tsekouras turned himself into police and has been held in custody since. His total time to be served is 14 years but he’ll most likely be released in 9 years or earlier if he receives parole. ALL CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST JOHN TSEKOURAS HAVE CONCLUDED.
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