Al­leged mur­derer guilty on sub­se­quent charges

Paul Con­nolly gets 30-days con­cur­rent for prison as­sault

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - PROVINCIAL - tele­gram@thetele­gram.com

Paul Con­nolly, one of four men charged in the mur­der of Steven Miller last year, was sen­tenced for un­re­lated charges on Fri­day.

On Jan. 1 of this year, while serv­ing time at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s, he punched another in­mate in the back of the head, un­pro­voked, hard enough that the in­mate fell to the ground. The in­mate didn’t have any last­ing in­juries.

Con­nolly was charged with one count of as­sault and one count of breach­ing a court or­der.

He pleaded guilty Fri­day and was sen­tenced to 30 days con­cur­rent for each of the charges, to be served con­sec­u­tive to other time he’s serv­ing.

Con­nolly, 37, is one of four men charged in con­nec­tion with a stab­bing death of 25-year-old Steven Miller last year in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

All four were charged with first-de­gree mur­der, but the other three have since pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Con­nolly is the only one still charged with first-de­gree mur­der.

He is also charged with forcible con­fine­ment, rob­bery and ar­son for that in­ci­dent.

A trial date has been set for Novem­ber 2018, how­ever, his lawyers Mark Gruchy and Jeff Brace said they may re-eval­u­ate his not-guilty plea de­pend­ing on the sen­tenc­ing of his co-ac­cused, Ch­es­ley Lu­cas and Calvin Kenny.

They are back in court Oct. 26.

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