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The boxer Steven Butler, who is accused of robbery and assault causing bodily harm, plans to plead guilty in two weeks, said her lawyer to the court on Friday.
In fact, the protected Eye of the Tiger Management had initially set her folder on Friday, at the palais de justice in Saint-Jérôme, but he has done a volte-face.
Photo Ben PelosseDebora de Thomasis, a Lawyer of Butler
His lawyer, ms. Debora de Thomasis, announced from the outset, the judge Sylvain Lépine that his client was going to plead guilty to charges subject to change, and a summary of facts had been prepared jointly with the Crown.
The criminal is then output to the hearing room to discuss the last details with the man they call “Bang Bang” in the boxing world.
On her return, she has attempted to obtain an order of non-publication on the proceedings, invoking the presence of the media and the status of the fighter of 22 years.
Mr. de Thomasis has insisted on the fact that Butler was “third world” in its category, that it was currently in negotiation of contracts with the United States, and that the publication of a report on the guilty plea will affect his career.
The magistrate rejected the defence request, after the intervention of the Journal, which argued that the status of the boxer should not interfere with the publicity of judicial debates.
Mr. de Thomasis then asked the judge, Lepine, to defer the matter to a later date, the date on which his client would argue guilty and where the lawyers would argue about the appropriate sentence to impose.
The alleged victim is also expected to address the court during the hearing.
“It is clear that it will sort itself out “, has mentioned to Me of Thomasis.
The criminal lawyer has announced that she plans to ask that Butler receives an absolute discharge, to avoid having a criminal record.
Me Jennifer Lepage, of the Crown, pointed out that the record was due to be delivered in the short term, since the facts alleged date back already to more than three years.
According to the denunciation, Steven Butler is accused to have beaten and robbed a man, on 12 November 2016, in Blainville. The magistrate has granted the discount to 24 January.
Tarnish the image of boxing
This is not the first time that Butler finds himself in hot water.
In may 2017, he had to commit to “not maintain any link with organized crime,” in order to retain its license of a professional boxer issued by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ).
The RACJ had convened in the wake of the hoards-comrade, which occurred in the stands of the Bell Centre during his defeat against Brandon Cook, in January 2017.
Unhappy to see his brother-in-law collect his first — and only — defeat in career, Chayanne O’neill Peralta-Garcia had thrown an ice bucket on the opponent’s head Butler. He has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for this gesture.
“These events have tarnished the image of boxing in Quebec,” wrote the RACJ in the decision confirming the issuance of the licence of the boxer.
– With Christian Plouffe