Guy Street murder plot update: some charges dropped, plea deals reached

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Some charges have been dropped and plea deals reached in the case of eight people arrested and accused of being part of a plan to murder a Cornwall man.

Eight people were arrested Jan. 7, 2019 after a man was held against his will in a Guy Street home. He was bound with duct tape and beaten with a “variety of weapons,” police say.

Court records show all charges against 30-year-old Toshina Hill of Cornwall were dropped shortly after a court appearance last month.

Meantime, 39-year-old Daniel Roach and 25-year-old Ryan Royer, both of Cornwall, accepted one day jail sentences in separate plea deals, which included credit for time served in pre-trial custody.

Royer pleaded guilty to two charges for breach of court conditions.

Roach pleaded guilty to possession of meth and a court breach charge for a condition to not have drugs in his possession. Charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault were stayed. A letter in Roach’s file from the Crown attorney’s office says it did not believe there was a reasonable prospect of conviction on the more serious charges including conspiracy to commit murder. Another charge of failing to keep the peace was withdrawn by the Crown.

Twenty-four-year-old Jordan Thompson of Akwesasne, 37-year-old Bobbie Sylvester of Embrun and 29-year-old Jessica Lemieux of Cornwall all made court appearances Tuesday via video.

Kaitlyn Gougoula, 19, of Cornwall will appear in court March 12 for a bail hearing.

They are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.

Michael Pare, 49, of Cornwall is in court today (March 7) on charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and two counts of breach of probation.

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