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Man charged in police standoff pleads not guilty; proceeding without lawyer

Leo Crockwell — File photo

Leo Crockwell pleaded not guilty to charges against him in relation to a December 2010 incident in which he barricaded himself inside his mother’s Bay Bulls home with firearms.

He was arrested following a weeklong standoff with police.

Crockwell entered his plea during his arraignment in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Thursday.

He also elected to be tried by a judge and jury. The jury selection will begin Jan. 27. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 2.

During his last appearance, Justice Richard LeBlanc ordered whatever information the Crown had in Crockwell’s case be delivered to the accused at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP), where Crockwell has been in custody since his arrest.

The case has been held up several times, mainly because of Crockwell’s issues with lawyers. He still doesn’t have a defence lawyer.

Outside court, his brother told media the family is concerned.

“I think it is a sad situation what is going on,” Bill Crockwell said.

“He did have a lawyer and the lawyer was excused, and now he has no one.”

Crockwell faces eight charges, including several firearm charges, in connection with the incident. Charges of attempted murder laid following the incident were previously withdrawn by the Crown.


Geographic location: Bay Bulls

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  • Unknown
    January 20, 2012 - 22:26

    Some people should really think before they speak. Mr. Crockwell is a very intelligent man. What happened to him is very sad, the only reason this is going on so long is because the RCMP are embarrassed that he outsmarted them. If the RCMP had taken this case more seriously and more cautiously this would have ended long ago. If you had known this man you would have a very different outlook on the situation. He is harmless, there are a lot more serious things going on in this province and those people get away with MURDER!!!! People should stop and look at their own lives and whats happening behind their own closed door before judging such an innocent man... there's always more to the story, and I can see why Mr. Crockwell's family are concerned for him. These kinds of things are life altering and something you will never forget. AGAIN people, sit down and judge your own life before judging someone else's!!!!

  • Mary Benedict
    January 20, 2012 - 09:19

    If this man is mentally unfit, why isn't he in a mental institute? Because he has been found mentally fit, I agree with the person who said that he is costing the Province thousands of dollars and this should stop, he working the system to avoid sentencing, do something to put an end to this travisty.

    • Tula
      January 20, 2012 - 13:20

      You do realize this man is in custody....if you dont understand the term custody it means he is in JAIL.

  • Too Bad
    January 20, 2012 - 08:23

    His brother thinks it's sad???? Well that is just too bad. Look at all the money this monkey has wasted. Between the cost for the week long stand off and with all the hold ups in the case. Thousands and thousands wasted. Oh, and now he has no lawyer??? Well he has nobody to blame but himself. There are plenty of lawyers who would take this case. This whole situation is just a joke. This guy thinks he can beat the system. Well guess what? He won't. See who gets the last laugh when this monkey is behind bars where he should be........

  • Dee
    January 20, 2012 - 08:08

    This man had cost the prov.a lot of money so if he don,t have a lawyer that is no ones fault but his own.All he is doing is toying with the courts and anyone else involved,when he rejected his first lawyer he should gotten his own at his.Like many I think he knows the system all to well.These police officers and firemen could have been called to a much more of an emerg,then this one...

    • Tula
      January 20, 2012 - 09:03

      This man has been on remand at HMP since the incident, which is not fit for an animal let alone a human being and you say he is toying with the system. Dee you obviously do not understand mental illness and should probably take some time to educate yourself re the same ! How can you assume he "knows" the system ? Is it because of his age or his long criminal background, which by the way does not exist. Never assume things please be factual ! I have been following this case as I am sure most people have and it is very sad this man does not have the insight to recognize that he needs a proper defense !