Marco Muzzo to plead guilty in fatal collision case

Marco Muzzo’s lawyer has asked for a court appearance next month, at which point his client will plead guilty to various charges in connection with a crash that killed three children and their grandfather north of Toronto.

See Full Article

Muzzo’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, submitted the request to a Superior Court judge in Newmarket, Ont. on Wednesday, after electing earlier in the day to be tried by a judge without a jury. Greenspan requested a court date of Feb. 4 to make a statement of facts and enter the guilty pleas.

The 29-year-old Muzzo faces 12 counts of impaired driving and six counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle related to the incident.

Greenspan said his client will plead guilty to multiple charges, adding that some charges are “redundant.” Certain charges against Muzzo are mutually exclusive, so some of the charges will disappear when he pleads guilty to others, Greenspan said. He added that Muzzo will not be entering any pleas of not guilty.

Greenspan also stressed that there will be no plea bargain, and that the defence and the Crown will submit different arguments at the sentencing hearing.

“This is not a plea deal. This is an acceptance of responsibility by Marco Muzzo,” Greenspan told reporters outside the courthouse, after submitting the request to the judge. “He wanted this matter to be closed as quickly as possible, and to move on with the plea and the acceptance of responsibility.”

Sentencing is expected to take place Feb. 23-24.

The Sept. 27 crash fatally wounded 9-year-old Daniel, 5-year-old Harrison (Harry) and 2-year-old Milagros (Milly) Neville-Lake. The children's 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville also died as a result of the collision, and their grandmother and great-grandmother were injured.

Family reaction

The children’s parents, Jennifer Neville-Lake and Edward Lake, were present at the courthouse on Wednesday for Muzzo’s appearance.

Neville-Lake said her family is “cautiously optimistic” about Muzzo’s intent to plead guilty, but “we’re going to remain broken,” she said. Neville-Lake said she did not expect Wednesday’s development, and she is hesitant to believe it until the plea has been formally submitted next month.

“If it’s a guilty plea… then that acknowledges he’s the reason our children are dead,” Neville-Lake told reporters outside the courthouse, after the day’s events inside. She added that there is no “magic number” of years that she is hoping for at a potential sentencing hearing. “There is no sentence that he can ever do that is going to repay what he took from us,” she said. “He has one life. I’m missing my three children and my father – that’s four.”

Edward Lake spoke only briefly. “I feel lost. I feel destroyed,” he said.

Neville-Lake said her mother and grandmother are recovering physically from the crash, but both are dealing with memory loss.

Muzzo’s family owns a vast construction empire with operations in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Southwestern Ontario. Their construction company, Marel Contractors, is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. They also own Pemberton Group, one of Toronto’s largest development companies, which has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Muzzo appeared in person at the courthouse Wednesday morning, and was there again on Wednesday afternoon.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Mudslide kills at least 7 on Colombian highway

    World News CBC News
    A mudslide killed at least seven people and buried more than 10 others along a mountainous stretch of Colombia's main highway between Bogota and Medellin, authorities said on Wednesday. The avalanche of mud and rocks, triggered by recent heavy rains, spilled across four lanes of the highway and knocked out power lines, according to a statement from the government of Antioquia province. Source
  • Ont. inmate out of segregation after 4 years in pre-trial custody

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- An inmate who has been held in segregation for the past four years at a Thunder Bay, Ont., jail was moved to a regular cell on Wednesday. Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti says Adam Capay is now in a standard cell, and unlike the previous Plexiglas cell where he spent the past 52 months in segregation, the lights can be dimmed. Source
  • How the Muskrat Falls dam in Labrador risks poisoning Inuit food sources

    Canada News CBC News
    An almost two-week occupation at the site of a multibillon-dollar hydroelectric project in Labrador is winding down after Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball vowed to make all future decisions "using science-based research." That marks a significant victory for the Inuit, whose protests and hunger strikes were based on studies out of Harvard University that warned the Muskrat Falls project would poison their food sources if the government didn't take steps to prevent methylmercury…
  • Severed body parts found spread out across side of road in Langley, B.C.

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    VANCOUVER - Langley, B.C., RCMP have closed off a large section of Robertson Cr. after a body was found on the side of road Wednesday morning. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Largy says the remains were found between 240th and 244th Sts. Source
  • Man cuts off penis to avoid marriage: Report

    World News Toronto Sun
    A despondent Asian man cut off his penis rather than be forced to marry a woman he didn’t like, sources say. Cops told the Khaleej Times they initially feared the 26-year-old had tried to commit suicide. Source
  • 'She's doing it for the right reasons'; Brothel-living 20-year-old auctions virginity after parents' home burns down

    World News Toronto Sun
    A young Seattle woman says she is auctioning off her virginity to provide for her family. Katherine Stone, 20, made her unusual offer after her family’s uninsured home was destroyed by a fire in 2014. She reached out to Dennis Hof, who owns several legal brothels’ in Nevada. Source
  • Tiger attacks trainer during Florida fair

    World News Toronto Sun
    An animal trainer is recovering after a tiger dragged her around its pen while a group of school children watched. The terrifying incident was captured on video by an audience member attending the Pages White Tiger Show at the Pensacola Interstate Fair in Pensacola, Fla. Source
  • Witness: ISIS crushed kids in bread kneading machine

    World News Toronto Sun
    A Syrian woman who escaped the wrath of ISIS has revealed in shocking detail some of the terrorist group’s diabolical methods. Alice Assaf, a Christian whose son George, 18, was murdered for failing to identify himself with a Muslim name, revealed in an interview with non-profit organization Roads of Success some of the horrors she had witnessed. Source
  • Sweet-talking parrot exposes husband's alleged cheating

    World News Toronto Sun
    A sweet-talking parrot nearly landed his owner in a Kuwaiti jail after the bird outed him for allegedly cheating on his wife with the maid, reports Al Shahed Daily. According to the report, the wife had a hunch her husband had been cheating for a while, but believed her suspicions were confirmed when their pet parrot repeated flirty phrases she had never heard before. Source
  • Mom OD'd in car with baby in back seat: Cops

    World News Toronto Sun
    HOPE, Ind. — Police in Indiana say a 25-year-old woman has been found passed out from an overdose with her baby in the back seat of the car. Police in Hope, Ind., have released a picture of Erika Hurt as they found her on Saturday afternoon. Source