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Friday, February 9, 2018

Arson Sentencing Hearing Set

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

42-year-old John MacDonald has pled guilty to a series of charges after setting five separate fires


The man who has pled guilty to a number of arson charges among other offences after setting downtown Owen Sound ablaze in September 2017, will appear in court for sentencing in April.

In an Owen Sound courtroom Friday morning, the defence attorney for 42-year-old John MacDonald asked for an April 5 sentencing hearing  as Justice George Brophy is presiding over the case and will be sitting then.

MacDonald has pled guilty to a series of charges after setting five separate fires in downtown Owen Sound on Sept. 1, including a blaze above Kornblums Men's Wear and Goodfellas Pizza that caused about $1-million in damage.

The defence has asked for a Gladue Report to be prepared for consideration in sentencing.

A Gladue Report is a pre-sentencing document that contains recommendations about an appropriate sentence while considering specific circumstances facing an Aboriginal person.

MacDonald will appear in-person for sentencing April 5 in an Owen Sound court.


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