Update - Sentencing decision reserved for first guilty plea in Laverdiere case

Brent Checkosis appeared this morning, Mavis Takakanew this afternoon

A decision on sentence has been reserved for one of the eight individuals accused in the Tiki Laverdiere murder case.

A sentencing hearing for Brent Checkosis, who had pled guilty to accessory after the fact to murder late last year, took place at Queen’s Bench Court, Battleford, on Monday morning.

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After hearing arguments, Justice Gerald Allbright has reserved his decision to Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m. in Battleford.

As expected, a publication ban was imposed for Monday morning’s sentencing hearing.

Checkosis is one of two accused in the Laverdiere case scheduled to appear in court Monday. Another accused facing an accessory to murder charge, Mavis Takakenew, is scheduled to appear in Queen’s Bench court at 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The sentencing proceedings began shortly after 10:45 a.m. and continued into the afternoon. The accused Checkosis was in attendance, led into the courtroom in handcuffs.

Lawyers for Crown and defence as well as family and supporters of Laverdiere were in the courtroom Monday morning. Legal Aid lawyer George Thurlow appeared as defence lawyer for Checkosis, while Chris Browne presented for the Crown.

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