By Shurtz, Delon on November 5, 2020.
A man facing dozens of criminal charges, many of them weapons related, may finally resolve his matters, but likely not until the new year.
During a hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Calgary lawyer Jessica Cartwright said she hopes to set a date early in the new year for a summary disposition of the charges against her client, Jessie Hugh Flett. The Crown explained, however, the court calendar for the period being considered for the disposition has not yet been set, and the matter needs to be adjourned to allow time for judges to receive their courtroom assignments.
The case was adjourned to Nov. 24 to determine a suitable date for the hearing.
Summary disposition typically means charges may be resolved with guilty pleas and without the need for a trial. The Crown and defence generally agree on the facts of the case, but not always on recommendation for a sentence.
The case has been adjourned multiple times while defence waited to receive full disclosure. During a hearing on Oct. 6, Cartwright told court she had only received one of nine pieces of disclosure, and was unable to determine whether the matter would require a trial.
The case was also delayed after Flett fired his first lawyer and needed time to hire another one.
Flett, 33, faces 46 charges, including possession of stolen property, mischief over $5,000, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, drug possession, alter/destroy/remove a vehicle identification number, careless use of a firearm, and multiple counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon.
RCMP reported Jan. 6 that officers found at a residence near Brocket bales of hay that had been stolen from Pincher Creek. Police searched a home and arrested one man without incident. During a search of some property, officers seized 14 firearms, a large amount of ammunition and methamphetamine. They also found a truck that was reported stolen out of Pincher Creek earlier that morning.
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