Final Disposition at Trial – November 19, 2014

Accused: Michael Sona of Guelph, Ontario.
Facts: On April 2, 2013, a Canada Elections Act charge was sworn in the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph. The charge related to the investigation of deceptive telephone calls made to electors in the riding of Guelph during the 41st general election of May 2, 2011.
Offence: In August 2014, Michael Sona was convicted of having wilfully prevented or endeavoured to prevent an elector from voting at an election, contrary to paragraph 281(g) of the Canada Elections Act and by doing so committing an offence contrary to paragraph 491(3)(d) of the Canada Elections Act.
Sentencing Date: November 19, 2014
Sentence: 9 months imprisonment and 12 months probation (including 100 hours of community service work to be completed within the first 10 months of the probation order)
Appeal: Both parties appealed the sentencing decision. The two appeals were heard together at the Ontario Court of Appeal on May 18, 2016. At the conclusion of the hearing, the court dismissed both appeals and the original sentence was upheld.

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