Absence of Gladue report stymies sentencing in violent St. Thomas robbery


Originally to be sentenced last September for a violent robbery at B&L Jewellers in St. Thomas, Wallace Piercey will now have to wait until at least May for sentencing.
Appearing Sept. 28 at the Elgin County Courthouse, Ontario Court Justice Michael O’Dea was advised by Piercey that his mother is Cherokee, a detail not revealed until that time.
That disclosure prompted the need for a Gladue report – a pre-sentencing or bail hearing report which contains recommendations to the court about what an appropriate sentence might be and includes information about an indigenous person’s background.

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