Two Men Admit Guilt to Reduced Charges in Coutts Blockade

Salim Ali
Published 2 weeks ago on 7 February, 2024
Two men charged in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to lesser charges

In a significant development, two men charged in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to lesser charges. This turn of events follows the 2022 protests against government health mandates. The accused were part of a group that had allegedly planned violent actions against law enforcement officers. Their guilty pleas mark a partial closure to the case that has been under intense scrutiny for over a year.

Key takeaways

  • Two men plead guilty to lesser charges related to the Coutts border blockade.
  • Original charges included conspiracy to commit murder against RCMP officers.
  • Both men have already served time in remand equivalent to their sentences.
  • A jury trial for the remaining two accused is scheduled for May 2024.
  • The Federal Court ruled the invocation of the Emergencies Act unjustified.
Two individuals involved in the Coutts border blockade incident have entered guilty pleas to reduced charges, effectively concluding their legal proceedings with sentences already served during remand.

Details on the Guilty Pleas and Sentencing

The two men charged in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to lesser charges, significantly altering the course of the legal proceedings. Jerry Morin admitted to conspiring to traffic firearms and received a 3.25-year jail sentence, while Christopher Lysak pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place, resulting in a three-year sentence. Both sentences have been deemed served through their time in remand.

Continued Legal Process for Remaining Defendants

While two men charged in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to lesser charges, their co-accused, Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick, are still awaiting their day in court. The charges against them remain untested, with a jury trial set for the coming year. This case continues to draw attention as it progresses through the legal system.

Defendant Charge Sentence Time Served
Jerry Morin Conspiracy to traffic firearms 3.25 years Equivalent time in remand
Christopher Lysak Possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place 3 years Equivalent time in remand
Chris Carbert Conspiracy to commit murder (pending trial) N/A Remains in custody
Anthony Olienick Conspiracy to commit murder (pending trial) N/A Remains in custody

Two men charged in Coutts border blockade plead guilty to lesser charges, concluding a chapter in the legal saga stemming from the 2022 protests. The guilty pleas and the time served in remand close their cases, while the legal process for the remaining defendants continues. This development reflects the complexities of the justice system in addressing the aftermath of high-profile protests and alleged plots against law enforcement.

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