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Jesse Lewis’s sentencing postponed

A sheriff places handcuffs on Jesse Lewis, 22, after the conclusion of Lewis's sentencing hearing in provincial court in St. John's Tuesday morning.
Jesse Lewis, 22, in provincial court in St. John's Tuesday morning. - Tara Bradbury/The Telegram
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Jesse Lewis will have to wait another few days to find out whether or not a judge agrees with the four-year jail term he’s suggesting.

Set to deliver his sentencing decision in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday morning, Judge Colin Flynn was forced to postpone the proceeding after Lewis’s lawyer arrived late, with not enough time left for the sentencing before the next scheduled court matter.

Flynn will sentence Lewis Dec. 18 instead.

Lewis, 22, wasn’t happy with the news, since he is currently incarcerated in Stephenville and was transferred to the reception wing of Her Majesty’s Penitentiary to await sentencing. He will remain there until his next court date.

Lewis’s lawyer, Mark Gruchy, and prosecutor Mike Murray have presented a joint submission of four years behind bars for Lewis, who pleaded guilty to 17 offences related to a crime spree in October 2018. Starting in Conception Harbour, Lewis took his mother’s van without permission and led police on a chase through C.B.S. and St. John’s, striking multiple vehicles and crashing into a pole, carjacking a woman who was with her three small grandchildren, while wielding a screwdriver, and stealing gas and beer, before ending up back home in Conception Harbour.

He also pleaded guilty to a number of court order breaches as well as an assault on three correctional officers.


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