Donnie Snook’s appeal of 18-year sentence on sex charges dismissed

CBC News

Former Saint John city councillor and former youth pastor Donnie Snook has lost the appeal of his 18-year sentence on child sex abuse charges.

​A cross-appeal by the Crown on Snook’s credit for time served while awaiting trial and parole eligibility was also dismissed Wednesday by a three-judge New Brunswick Court of Appeal panel.

Snook, 42, had filed a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeal last November, calling his sentence “unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range in all the circumstances.”

Snook is in prison in Mission, B.C., and did not attend Wednesday’s hearing, but his lawyer, James Matheson, argued on his behalf.

He said the trial judge had stated the range of sentence for similar crimes in Canada had been from nine to 18 years.

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