Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge to Rule If Man Can Recant Guilty Plea in Attack on Homeless Woman

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge to Rule If Man Can Recant Guilty Plea in Attack on Homeless Woman

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Judge to rule if man can recant guilty plea

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A judge must now decide if a man can recant his guilty plea to attempted murder for an attack that left a homeless woman badly burned and with both of her legs amputated.

Final arguments were made Thursday in an application by Leslie Black, 30, who had been charged in the attack on Marlene Bird in June 2014 in which she was set on fire in a downtown parking lot in Prince Albert, Sask.

Brent Little, Black's defence lawyer, repeated his argument that Black's former lawyer Adam Masiowski had not properly explained the consequences of pleading guilty, especially the possibility of being listed as a dangerous offender.

A dangerous offender designation can lead to a lifetime prison term.

During Thursday's hearing, Black testified he would have never pleaded guilty if he knew the designation was a possibility. …

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