Friday, December 13, 2013

Crown in New Brunswick seeks to appeal Donnie Snook child sex abuse sentence

Ex-N.B. city councillor Donnie Snook
FREDERICTON - The Crown in New Brunswick is seeking to appeal the sentence handed to a former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., convicted of sexually abusing and making pornographic images of boys, saying the trial judge gave Donnie Snook too much credit for time served in pre-trial custody.

Snook was sentenced in September to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to 46 charges including sexual assault and possessing, distributing and making child pornography over a 12-year period. He was given 1 1/2 credit for time served, reducing his prison term to 16 years and 10 months, and he would be eligible for parole after serving one-third of that.

Crown prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock is seeking to appeal, saying provincial court Judge Alfred Brien failed to consider a section of the Criminal Code that allows the court to limit credit for time served to one day for each day spent in custody to express society's denunciation for such offences.

In her application with the province's Court of Appeal, Lamrock also says the judge failed to consider a Criminal Code section that would require an offender to serve half their sentence or 10 years, whichever is less, before becoming eligible for parole.

Snook has also filed an appeal, saying the sentence was unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range.  (more...)

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