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Trial doesn't proceed in M.L. court for man facing weapons, assault charges

Maurice was arrested after a man was shot in Green Lake
Weapons and assault charges were stayed against Scott Maurice in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Tuesday.

MEADOW LAKE – A trial didn’t proceed for a Saskatoon man in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Tuesday after most charges were stayed by the Crown.

Instead, Scott Maurice, 28, was sentenced to 30 days time served for resisting arrest.  

The charges of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unlicensed possession of a firearm, and failing to comply with a breath sample were stayed. When the Crown stays charges they have one year to resurrect the charges. The Crown doesn’t have to tell the court why charges are being stayed. Some reasons for staying charges include not having a strong enough case to take to trial or witnesses not cooperating.

Maurice was arrested in August after Meadow Lake/Green Lake RCMP were dispatched to a report of a shooting at residence on Beaver Road in Green Lake. A man with a gunshot wound was found outside of the residence and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Maurice was denied bail in October.

Police had also arrested 27-year-old Marcella Esperanse from Beardy’s First Nation. She was the passenger of Maurice’s vehicle and police charged her with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a firearm in a vehicle. She failed to appear in court last fall and a warrant for her arrest was issued. She is now expected to enter a plea on Feb. 14 in Meadow Lake court. 

The charges against Esperanse haven't been proven in court.