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Crown begins appeal of two-year sentence of hockey coach Graham James’ sentence

Graham James is seen in a Stony Mountain Institution mug shot acquired by the Winnipeg Free Press.


The prosecution in the Graham James case returns to court in Winnipeg this morning to try to appeal the two-year sentence the former hockey coach was handed for sexual abuse.

Mr. James was convicted of sexually abusing two of his former players – NHL star Theo Fleury and his younger cousin Todd Holt – in the 1980s when the two were teenagers.

The Crown is asking for a six-year sentence, arguing the judge put too much stock in prior sentencing decisions for similar offences.

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If the Crown isn't successful in its appeal, James `will be eligible for statutory release next July.

Back in 1997, Mr. James was sentenced to 3 1/2 years for molesting former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy and two other players.

He finished serving that sentence in 2000.

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