Theatrical Pot Dealer gets sentence reduced

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Pubdate: Wed, 11 Oct 2000
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2000 Canoe Limited Partnership
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Ronald Hickey, a marijuana dealer who talked himself into a seven-year prison sentence with his antics during his Court of Queen’s Bench trial last year, has convinced Manitoba’s Court of Appeal to shave two years off his sentence.

Hickey opted to skip a lawyer and represented himself during his criminal trial, becoming a cult favourite of court watchers, lawyers, off-duty judges and Manitoba Justice staff.

During his three-month trial, Hickey called notorious axe murderer Jack Bender as a witness, faked a heart attack, claimed to need emergency jaw surgery and subpoenaed the late prime minister to testify. A jury found him guilty.

His mannerisms were considerably more muted in the Court of Appeal in July.

And Justices Bonnie Helper, Guy Kroft and Michel Monnin upheld his appeal, ruling Hickey’s seven-year sentence to be far above the norm for marijuana trafficking convictions.