Adrian Charles will learn his sentence in September
Former Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Rams football star guilty of drug and weapon possession
A former Saskatoon and Regina football star is waiting to see how long he'll spend behind bars.
Adrian Charles was in a Saskatoon court room for sentencing this afternoon, but the judge pushed her decision until September 23.
Charles, a former running back with the Saskatoon Hilltops and University of Regina Rams, was found guilty in April of drug and weapon possession.
The Crown is asking for a minimum of three years in prison, highlighting the dangerous combination of guns and drugs. While Charles had no prior criminal record, the Crown asked the judge to consider the fact that the gun in the vehicle he was driving was loaded and hidden under a floor mat.
Charles' defence lawyer said a three-year sentence is too harsh and is asking for two years less a day in a provincial jail, plus probation. The defence argues the publicity of this case and the end of his football career should be considered deterrence.
Charles has been embroiled in a legal saga that began when he was charged with two counts of attempted murder in Ontario in 2008. Those charges were eventually stayed.
That same year, Saskatchewan RCMP arrested and charged Charles after finding a loaded handgun in a BMW he was driving.
He was acquitted at trial in Saskatchewan on the weapons charge when the judge threw out the evidence against him because of a problem with the warrant.
But the Crown disputed that decision and province's Court of Appeal ordered a new trial.