A police search of Mr. Parranto on arrest and searches of his residence found fentanyl, other drugs, cash, weapons and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Parranto pleaded guilty to 8 offences including two counts of wholesale trafficking in fentanyl. On the two counts of wholesale trafficking in fentanyl, he was sentenced to 4 years and 5 years consecutive. In six transactions, Mr. Felix sold fentanyl and cocaine to an undercover police. Mr. Felix pleaded guilty to four offences including two counts of wholesale and commercial trafficking in fentanyl. On the counts of trafficking in fentanyl, Mr. Felix was sentenced to two 7-year terms concurrent. On appeals from the sentences, the Court of Appeal established a starting point of 9 years for sentences for wholesale trafficking in fentanyl. It sentenced Mr. Parranto to two 7-year terms consecutive for trafficking in fentanyl and Mr. Felix to two 10-year terms concurrent for trafficking in fentanyl.
Criminal law - Sentencing - Criminal law - Sentencing - Standard of review on sentence appeal - Whether Court of Appeal erred in setting a starting-point for sentencing for wholesale fentanyl trafficking - Whether starting point approach to sentencing improperly emphasizes parity of sentence at the expense of individualization of sentence - Whether Court of Appeal erred in reversing sentencing judge because sentencing judge refused to adopt a starting-point approach- Whether Court of Appeal misapplied standard of appellate review for sentencing decisions?.
(Alberta) (Criminal) (By Leave)
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