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Johnathan

[Jonathan] Pratt

outside

Leduc Courthouse

in January, 2013


 

26 Nov 2011


Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake are driving home when a pickup truck driven by Johnathan Pratt strikes their vehicle from behind.

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13 Jan 2012


Pratt is released from hospital and immediately arrested, charged with 3 counts of manslaughter, 3 counts of impaired driving causing death and 3 counts of driving while over the legal limit of 0.08 causing death and remanded into police custody.

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19 Jan 2012 Leduc Provincial Court - 1st appearance


Pratt appeared via closed circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre. His only words were “yes” when asked is his name was Pratt.  Duty Council asks for an extension to Feb 16, 2012 (no reason given).  No pleas entered.

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16 Feb 2012 Leduc Provincial Court – 2nd appearance


Pratt appeared via closed circuit television from the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. None of the charges were spoken to. Duty Council asked for second delay until March 15th to review a 3” binder of materials.

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23 Feb 2012 Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin - Bail Hearing


Pratt is not present. Defence lawyer Timothy Dunlap is successful in obtaining bail.  Pratt is released from police custody on Mar 5th. Bail was set as $3000.00. His conditions include not being able to drive a vehicle and not being able to sit in the front seat of any vehicle.

 

15 Mar 2012 – Leduc Provincial Court – 3rd appearance


Pratt is not present. Duty Council once again asks for charges to be delayed.  Court is told a preliminary hearing will take 4 days.  A court date of Mar 29th is set to find a date for the preliminary inquiry.  

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29 Mar 2012 – Leduc Provincial Court – 4th appearance


Pratt is not present. Preliminary hearing is set for Jan 21-24, 2013.

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21 Jan 2013 - Leduc Provincial Court - Preliminary Inquiry


Pratt is present with defence lawyer Timothy Dunlap. Court heard 2 days of testimony from various witnesses. The inquiry was adjourned until Mar 4th so that another witness could be brought in to testify

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22 Feb 2013 - Crown Prosecutors' Office, Wetaskiwin, AB


The judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry was involved in a motor vehicle accident which has precluded his ability to conclude the hearing as scheduled.  He is not expected back at work until at least May 1st.

It appears unlikely that the preliminary hearing will conclude on March 4, 2013 as planned unless the defence counsel decides not to hear from the last remaining witness.  In that case, they could still consent to have the matter proceed to the Court of Queen’s Bench at the March 4 appearance date.

 

14 Mar 2013 - Preliminary hearing conclusion postponed until May 8, 2013



 

8 May 2013 - Leduc Provincial Court - continuation of preliminary inquiry


The judge presiding over the preliminary inquiry is still unable to return to the Bench. A new date has not been scheduled. Due to the delays which have occurred so far the Crown Prosecutor's office has submitted an application to the Attorney General's office to proceed by 'Direct Indictment'.

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14 May 2013 Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin


Crown Prosecutors received the Direct Indictment from the Attorney General’s office and appeared in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Wetaskiwin to compel Johnathan Pratt to court.

A trial is expected to be scheduled for April 28 to May 23, 2014. It is slated to be a jury trial. A new bail hearing is required and has been scheduled for Jun 4, 2013.

Neither the defence lawyer or the accused was present.

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28 May 2013 – Adjournment of the Provincial Court file until Jun 4th, when the accused signs a Court of Queen’s bench recognizance


 

4 Jun 2013 - Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin – New bail document and booking of trial dates.


Accused entered into a new recognizance (bail document) for Federal Court. Bail conditions remained the same as before. The only revision to the document was a change in address for Pratt.

Trial dates confirmed for Apr 28 to May 30, 2014

Pratt is present with defence lawyer Timothy Dunlap.

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14 Apr 2014 - Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin - Defence Applications


Defence made an application to move the trial from Wetaskiwin to another location, contending that the accused can’t get a fair trial in Wetaskiwin due to the publicity that has been generated in the media.

Defence made another application challenging the Crown’s use of the “Direct Indictment"

Proceedings concluded. The trial will proceed as scheduled in Wetaskiwin but will be a trial by judge alone, rather than by judge and jury.

The time required for the trial is now anticipated to be less than the 5 weeks originally scheduled.

 

TRIAL

28 Apr 2014 - Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin


Pratt is present with defence lawyer Timothy Dunlap.

The proceedings began with Pratt pleading "NOT GUILTY" to each of the NINE charges laid against him.

Court heard 10 days of testimony from many witnesses. Prosecutor's Gordon Hatch and Ryan Pollard closed the Crown's case on May12th. Final Defence arguments were heard on May13th.

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15 May 2014 - Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin - CONCLUSION of trial - JUDGMENT


R VS JOHNATHAN PRATT

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SENTENCING

1 Aug 2014 - Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin - Sentencing Hearing **POSTPONED**


More time was required to complete the Gladue report.

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28 Aug 2014 Court of Queen’s Bench Westaskiwin Sentencing Hearing


SENTENCING DECISION R VS JOHNATHAN PRATT

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Victim impact Statements:

"You ruined  my life" - submitted by Sheri Arsenault

Forbidden video, click here

 

APPEAL

16 Sep 2014 - Court of Appeal of Alberta - Notice of Appeal


 

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PAROLE HEARING

21 Apr 2017 - Stony Mountain Institue, Stony Mountain, Manitoba


FULL PAROLE - PRE RELEASE DENIED 2017-04-21

DAY PAROLE - PRE RELEASE DENIED 2017-04-21

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