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Sentencing delayed for London, Ont., group home operator on fire code violations

LONDON, Ont. – Sentencing has been delayed for a London, Ont., group home operator convicted of a dozen fire code violations in connection with a deadly blaze.

Keith Charles was to be sentenced in Provincial Offences court on Monday, but the matter was put off to allow Charles, who is representing himself, to obtain a pre-sentence report.

Charles made the request for a pre-sentence report after justice of the peace Peter Aharan said he was considering a 30 day jail sentence to be served on weekends.

The prosecution had been recommending Charles pay $5,000 per count, for a total of $60,000 in fines, and 18 months probation. A new sentencing date will be set on March 30.

Last week, Charles was found guilty of the fire code violations at the home where 72-year-old David MacPherson was killed in a blaze in November of 2014.

The group home for high need individuals was operated by Charles under the name People Helping People.


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