WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Provincial authorities have filed an
appeal of the sentence given to former hockey coach Graham James on
James was sentenced last month in Winnipeg to two years in
prison for sexually assaulting two of his teenage players, Theo
Fleury and cousin Todd Holt.
In the appeal, Manitoba's Justice Department says the judge made
a mistake in sentencing and overemphasized the significance of
prior sentences for similar offenses. The Crown had asked the trial
judge to impose a six-year sentence.
When James was sentenced last month there was widespread outrage
from his victims and the public.