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Former RCMP officer changes plea to guilty on one charge of assault

Former RCMP officer Jeffrey Rae Gillis leaves the provincial courthouse Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 where his lawyer was challenging a warrant that led to the seizure of weapons from his home.
Former RCMP officer Jeffrey Rae Gillis leaves the provincial courthouse Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 where his lawyer was challenging a warrant that led to the seizure of weapons from his home.

Crown agrees to stop process on a second charge of assault plus a charge of uttering a threat.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A former P.E.I. RCMP officer has pleaded guilty to assault. 

Jeffrey Rae Gillis appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr this morning in provincial court in Charlottetown where a trial on three charges was scheduled. 

With his guilty plea, the Crown stayed another assault charge and a charge of uttering a threat. 

Sentencing was adjourned until Jan. 18, 2017 to give time to prepare a pre-sentence report. 

While Charlottetown police were at Gillis’s home investigating the assault complaint, the officers became aware of multiple weapons stored in the home, and sought a warrant to return to the home, search it, and seize the weapons.

It was done, said officers in court, out of concern for public safety and not as part of a criminal process.

Gillis will be back in court this afternoon where Judge Jeff Lantz will give a ruling after Gillis’s lawyer challenged the validity of that warrant. 

RELATED: Former Mountie fights warrant in P.E.I. court

Gillis ended up being charged with several alleged weapons offences and is scheduled to go to trial on those charges in early 2017, pending the outcome of the warrant challenge.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A former P.E.I. RCMP officer has pleaded guilty to assault. 

Jeffrey Rae Gillis appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr this morning in provincial court in Charlottetown where a trial on three charges was scheduled. 

With his guilty plea, the Crown stayed another assault charge and a charge of uttering a threat. 

Sentencing was adjourned until Jan. 18, 2017 to give time to prepare a pre-sentence report. 

While Charlottetown police were at Gillis’s home investigating the assault complaint, the officers became aware of multiple weapons stored in the home, and sought a warrant to return to the home, search it, and seize the weapons.

It was done, said officers in court, out of concern for public safety and not as part of a criminal process.

Gillis will be back in court this afternoon where Judge Jeff Lantz will give a ruling after Gillis’s lawyer challenged the validity of that warrant. 

RELATED: Former Mountie fights warrant in P.E.I. court

Gillis ended up being charged with several alleged weapons offences and is scheduled to go to trial on those charges in early 2017, pending the outcome of the warrant challenge.

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