Crown appeals sentence in Pritchard police assault

By James Peters
March 15, 2017 - 2:19pm

KAMLOOPS — The BC Criminal Justice Branch has confirmed it has filed an appeal of the sentences handed down to two men convicted of beating a Kamloops RCMP officer until he was unconscious.

Jerry Lamar and Leon Leclerc were convicted in the savage beating of Cst. Paul Koester near Pritchard in July of 2014.

Koester had launched an impaired driving investigation, and his cruiser's dash cam captured the attack.

BC Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley called Lamar and Leclerc "cowardly bullies flexing their muscles as back-alley thugs," but sentenced them to house arrest.

Crown had been seeking 18 months in jail, and Justice Dley's sentence drew the ire of national police organizations.

Today, Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin confirmed a sentence appeal has been filed, and a hearing is set for May 26.

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