Ricky Sakakeesic convicted of assault on a Thunder Bay Police Service officer

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 31-year-old convicted criminal Rick (Ricky) Sakakeesic who is from Cat Lake First Nation appeared in a Judge’s court today to plead guilty to multiple criminal charges.

Her Honour, Justice Brochu was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro and Sakakeesic’s criminal defence lawyer George Joseph.

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Sakakeesic gets arraigned on the following criminal charges, and pleads guilty to both:

  • Assault police
  • Failure to comply with probation (fail to report)

ADMITTED FACTS

Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro reads in the facts. Sakakeesic was placed on a probation order on October 5th, 2017 after being convicted for an assault and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. Sakakeesic failed to report between April 29th, 2018 and May 4th, 2018.

There was a warrant issued for his arrest at that time and he was arrested.

On May 19th, 2018 at about 5:53 pm the Thunder Bay Police Service received a call regarding an intoxicated person who was unwanted in a residence. Police arrived at the residence at 6:01 pm and were let into the home.

The police were informed that the individual who was the subject of the 911 call was upstairs. Police could hear a verbal argument ensuing upstairs. Upon police arriving upstairs, they located Ricky Sakakeesic upstairs along with two intoxicated females.

Police determined that Sakakeesic had a warrant for his arrest from the breach of probation earlier noted. Sakakeesic was initially compliant and was escorted out of the residence.

After Sakakeesic was brought outside he became uncompliant by failing to follow the directions of the officer and attempted to walk away from him. Police placed him in handcuffs at this point.

Police managed to place Sakakeesic in the rear of the police cruiser and while attempting to place a seatbelt on Sakakeesic, he swung his upper torso away from the officer.

This behaviour continued for sometime before Sakakeesic attempted to headbutt the police officer. The attempted headbutt is what constitutes the assault charge.

Writer’s note: Sakakeesic noticed me in the courtroom and appeared to be giving me dirty looks. I smiled and carried on taking my notes.

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HISTORY ON SAKAKEESIC

Criminal record:

  • Failing to comply with bail conditions x3 (2006)
  • Assault (2006)
  • Utter threats (2008)
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Assault (2009)
  • Failing to comply with probation (2009)
  • Failing to comply with probation (2010)
  • Assault (2013)
  • Assault police (2013)
  • Robbery with a weapon (2013)
  • Assault (2016)
  • Assault x2 (2017)
  • Resist police (2017)
  • Assault (2018)

The Crown states that Sakakeesics record is “very lengthy”.

SENTENCING

The joint submission by both the Crown and the defence is that Sakakeesic gets 30 days for his breach of probation and 60 days for assaulting a police officer.

His sentence is handed down and is considered “deemed served” as he has already spent that much time in jail already. Sakakeesic is also placed on a 5-year no weapons ban and ordered to provide his DNA. It is said in court that his DNA is already on record.

Sakakeesic is escorted back into the basement of the courthouse, where he is kept in custody. We weren’t able to confirm why he was kept in custody, but our sources indicate that his charges stemming from a June 24th incident which we have listed below.

We have not received any word on if Sakakeesic’s actions have enraged any Alvin’s.

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May 20th, 2018 – Appearing by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station in W.A.S.H. (Weekend and statutory holiday) court this morning is 30-year-old Ricky Sakakeesic. Her Worship Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon presiding, with Gordon Fillmore as the provincial Crown Attorney and Aranka Golphy as duty counsel.

Sakakeesic is swaying back and fourth, looks energetic yet seems annoyed and antsy. He is loud, aggressive, and continuously interrupts others while they are speaking during his appearance.

Her worship begins by saying “good morning” to Sakakeesic, who then responds by saying “ya it’s morning”, in a seemingly aggressive and sarcastic tone.

Her worship begins to read out the charge that Sakakeesic is charged with, stemming from a May 19h 2018 incident:

  • Assault Police Officer

Furthermore, Her worship informs Sakakeesic that he had an outstanding warrant spanning from April 29th, 2018, to May 4th, 2018. That charge is

  • Failure to comply with probation: report to probation within 2 days of release and whenever directed to by your supervisor

At this point, Sakakeesic interrupts the court by shouting “Can we get to the point where the crown says it’s a reverse onus and he’s not consenting to my release”.

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Everyone in court looks at each other for a brief second, then crown attorney Gordon Fillmore addresses the court, indicating that this is a reverse onus situation and that he is not consenting to Sakakeesic’s release.

Sakakeesic blurts out “we’re just wasting time” while Her worship, the crown, and duty counsel discuss his return date.

Her worship addresses Sakakeesic and points out to him that she is trying to set his future date.

Duty counsel requests a Tuesday court date for Sakakeesic, and Her worship orders him back for Tuesday.

As Sakakeesic walks out of view of the camera, he says “I’m sorry for the attitude”

Thunder Bay Police Service Media Release below:

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Officers attended a residence on Limbrick Street at 6:00 p.m. on May 19, 2018, and located a 30 year old male wanted on outstanding warrants.

Once the male was outside he became uncooperative with officers.

While attempting to secure him in the police vehicle, the male was resistant and combative.

Rick Sakakeesic, 30 years old, was charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer.

He appeared in court and was remanded into custody.


On Sunday, June 24th, 2018 Thunder Bay Police Service uniform officers attended a Limbrick Street address regarding a serious assault that had occurred involving two adult victims.

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As a result of an investigation completed by Uniform Patrol, the Criminal Investigations Branch and the Community Response Team the following people have been arrested and charged:

38-year-old Kevin Moore:

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  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
  • ASSAULT WITH WEAPON
  • ASSAULT
  • FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT
  • UTTERING THREATS
  • UTTERING THREATS
  • UTTERING THREATS
  • BREACH PROBATION

30-year-old Rick Sakakeesic:

  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
  • ASSAULT WITH WEAPON
  • FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT ETC.
  • BREACH PROBATION x3

Both accused are in custody. Kevin Moore’s next court date is today. Rick Sakakeesic’s next court date is July 9, 2018.

One of the victims required medical attention as a result of the assault. The victims and accused were known to each another.

This investigation is on-going and investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service – Criminal Investigations Branch at 684-1200.

With files from the Thunder Bay Police Service

Citizen journalist born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I like pizza and reporting on concerning events that are in my home region, or that impact it. You can read more by clicking here.

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13 Replies to “Ricky Sakakeesic convicted of assault on a Thunder Bay Police Service officer”

  1. Another lost warrior headed down the wrong path. No education no job just wasting away in a jail cell now. Sad.
    One thing I can say about the good in all this he has created work and jobs for people hired to house him now and maybe try to rehabilitate him.

    1. Another First Nations rising star! Maybe Alvin and the chipmunks should start worrying about their youth and how they act instead of pointing fingers at the white man all the time!

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