Lawyer for Cavendish woman charged in drug case needs to dis­cuss facts of co-ac­cused’s sen­tenc­ing

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The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing a Cavendish woman charged for con­spir­ing to traf­fic a pre­scrip­tion painkiller wants to chat with the Crown pros­e­cu­tor about the re­cent sen­tenc­ing of the co-ac­cused.

In par­tic­u­lar, de­fence lawyer Michelle El­liott wants to delve into the agreed state­ment of facts that were read in Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court the pre­vi­ous week prior to the sen­tenc­ing of Lewis Soo­ley.

Soo­ley and Emily Marie Wil­liams faced iden­ti­cal charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence and coun­selling an in­dictable of­fence, with Soo­ley fac­ing two counts of the lat­ter charge. The two were charged in Jan­uary of this year.

The 24-year-old Soo­ley was sen­tenced Thurs­day, Aug. 17 to two years and one day in prison. The agreed state­ment of facts delved into the 39-year-old Wil­liams’ al­leged in­volve­ment in the case. She is the daugh­ter of the vic­tim, ac­cord­ing to what was stated in the facts for Soo­ley’s case.

El­liott, who ap­peared in Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court last Wed­nes­day by phone, said she could ei­ther elect and sched­ule a trial, know­ing her client could still change those pleas at a later date, or have the case set over to give the lawyer time to chat with the pros­e­cu­tor. John Brooks, ap­pear­ing on be­half of the Crown, agreed to the lat­ter ar­range­ment.

Wil­liams’ mat­ter re­turns to court Oct. 4.

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