Arrest warrant issued for Leo Crockwell

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on March 28, 2016
Leo Crockwell.
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A St. John's judge is making sure Leo Crockwell makes it to court — even if he has to be taken into custody to get there.

Judge Lois Skanes issued an arrest warrant for the 60-year-old Monday after he failed to show up for his trial.

Crockwell — who made national headlines in 2010 when he slipped past police in standoff at his Bay Bulls home — was supposed to be in provincial court in St. John's to answer to a charge of breaching a court order.

But when it became obvious Crockwell wouldn't be there, the judge issued the arrest warrant.

Crockwell's trial was initially set to begin March 2, but was set over when he didn't show.

At that time, defence lawyer Nick Westera said Crockwell had requested that the trial go ahead without him, to which prosecutor Elizabeth Ivany had no objections.

But Judge Colin Flynn insisted Crockwell be there and the trial was set over until Monday.

On Monday, Skanes made the same order.

Crockwell has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleges that between June 16 and June 26, 2014, he “did without reasonable excuse, fail to comply” with a court order. It doesn't indicate what the order was.

Westera also asked Monday to be taken off the case. He told the judge there has been some contact with Legal Aid to get another lawyer for Crockwell.

However, Skanes told Westera that, given the history of this case and until an arrest warrant is executed and a new lawyer is put in place, he should stay on the case.

“There’s a history here," she said. "He could show up and change his mind."

As of court closing time Monday, Crockwell had not arrived.

On June 1, 2012, he was convicted of firearms charges as a result of an eight-day standoff with the RCMP in December 2010.

On Feb. 15, 2013, he was sentenced to a global sentence of four years (1,460 days), with three years’ probation. Crockwell was given straight-time credit for the 797 days he’d already spent in custody.

With prisoners normally serving the provincial standard two-thirds of their sentence, he wasn’t scheduled to be released until May 2014.

However, Crockwell filed an application, claiming his sentence was miscalculated and that he should be freed earlier.

A Newfoundland Supreme Court judge agreed and ruled that calculating Crockwell’s release date should have been based on his total four-year sentence because that was the mandatory minimum for the charges, according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Crockwell was released in December 2013 as a result, but the Crown successfully appealed that decision.

In December 2015, the Newfoundland Court of Appeal said Crockwell’s release date should have been based on two-thirds of the remaining time he had left to serve on his term and not on two-thirds of his total sentence.

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Earlier story:

Warrant issued for Leo Crockwell’s arrest after no show in court

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Leo Crockwell, a man who made national headlines more than five years ago when he slipped past police during a standoff in Bay Bulls.

Crockwell was supposed to show up today in provincial court for a trial on breaching a court order, but was a no show, that’s after a judge requested his appearance at his last court date, March 2.

The 60-year-old Crockwell has pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleges that between June 16 and June 26, 2014, he “did without reasonable excuse, fail to comply” with a court order.

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Leo Crockwell a no-show for trial

Defence lawyer Nick Westera asked Monday to be taken off the case. He told the judge there has been some contact with Legal Aid to get another lawyer for Crockwell.

However, Judge Lois Skanes told Westera, given the history of this case and until an arrest warrant is executed, he should stay on the case. “There’s a history here. He could show up and change his mind,” Skanes said.

On June 1, 2012, Crockwell was convicted of firearms charges as a result of an eight-day standoff with the RCMP in December 2010.

On Feb. 15, 2013, he was sentenced to a global sentence of four years (1,460 days), with three years’ probation. Crockwell was given straight-time credit for the 797 days he’d already spent in custody.

With prisoners normally serving the provincial standard two-thirds of their sentence, he wasn’t scheduled to be released until May 2014.

However, Crockwell filed an application, claiming his sentence was miscalculated and that he should be freed earlier.

A Newfoundland Supreme Court judge agreed and ruled that calculating Crockwell’s release date should have been based on his total four-year sentence because that was the mandatory minimum for the charges, according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Crockwell was released in December 2013 as a result, but the Crown successfully appealed that decision.

In December 2015, the Newfoundland Court of Appeal said Crockwell’s release date should have been based on two-thirds of the remaining time he had left to serve on his term and not on two-thirds of his total sentence.

rmullaley@thetelegram.com