For­mer RCMP of­fi­cer ap­peals con­vic­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­ Twit­­r­ross

A for­mer RCMP of­fi­cer who was sen­tenced to three years in prison for of­fences re­lated to a stock­pile of weapons found in his home has filed an ap­peal of his con­vic­tion.

Jef­frey Rae Gil­lis was found guilty in March on 12 charges af­ter po­lice found what the Crown de­scribed as an ar­se­nal in his home.

He was sen­tenced in May to three years in prison and has been serv­ing that time in the Springhill In­sti­tu­tion in Nova Sco­tia.

Re­cently, Gil­lis’s lawyer T.J. Burke filed an ap­peal of the con­vic­tions seek­ing ei­ther an ac­quit­tal or a new trial.

Dur­ing the trial, Burke un­suc­cess­fully sought to have ev­i­dence the po­lice seized through a search war­rant ex­cluded.

Gil­lis is re­tired from the RCMP where, at one time, he was a firearms of­fi­cer with the Na­tional Weapons En­force­ment Team.

His grounds for ap­peal re­lated to pro­vin­cial court Judge Jeff Lantz al­low­ing the search war­rant to stand.

If the con­vic­tions are up­held, the ap­peal seeks a change to Gil­lis’s sen­tence.

Gil­lis was also sen­tenced in Jan­uary to 30 days in jail for as­sault in an un­re­lated mat­ter.

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