(THUNDER BAY, ON) – CHARGES AGAINST ALAIN GALLANT JR. STAYED AT HIS SENTENCING HEARING.
EXTREMELY RARE DECISION BY FEDERAL CROWN
This afternoon, Tuesday March 19,2019 ALAIN GALLANT JR. was scheduled to be sentenced for his role in Project Dolphin after pleading guilty in the fall of 2018 to various charges.
Federal Crown John Jones made the extremely rare decision to stay all the criminal convictions against ALAIN GALLANT JR. today at a sentencing hearing.
The reason for staying the charges was in the interest of fairness.
KEITH RITCHIE (co-accused) had been found guilty previously and GALLANT decided to plead guilty shortly after. However, RITCHIE battled his guilty convictions to the Ontario Court of Appeal and was successful in arguing the cell phone evidence against him violated his Charter rights.
All charges against RITCHIE and FORTUNATO COLISTRO were brought back to court on February 19,2019 and the Federal Crown entered NO EVIDENCE.
NOT GUILTY VERDICTS WERE ENTERED AGAINST RITCHIE & COLISTRO.
Due to the NOT GUILTY verdicts against both of those individuals, it was in the interest of judicial fairness that the charges be stayed against ALAIN GALLANT JR.
ALAIN GALLANT JR. walks out of the courthouse a free man with no future court dates.