Former RCMP officer appeals convictions
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.