Singer Jacob Hoggard sentenced to 5 years in prison

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The singer Jacob Hoggard sentenced to 5 years in prison

Jacob Hoggard arrives at the Toronto courthouse on October 20, 2022.

Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard is facing a 5-year prison sentence after convicted of raping an Ottawa woman.

Crown sought six to seven years in prison, arguing musician poses risk for the public.

Instead, the defense argued for three to four years in prison, citing a psychiatric report that said there is little risk of the 38-year-old man reoffending.

The Popular singer, known for hits like Perfect and Lose Control had met his victim through the Tinder app. He had been convicted last June of sexually assaulting her in a Toronto hotel room in 2016.

The latter, who was in her early twenties at the time, claimed at the sentencing hearing that the events would haunt her for the rest of her life.

“The sentence and sentence against Mr. Hoggard sends a clear message: sexual violence will not be tolerated by our community.

— Jill Witkins, Crown Attorney

In contrast, Jacob Hoggard was acquitted last June of the rape of a 16-year-old girl who also accused him of a sexual assault in 2016.

After the sentence was announced on Thursday, the defense asked that the musician be allowed to say goodbye to his wife before being taken to the cell. The couple hugged in the courtroom and then Jacob Hoggard was handcuffed.

Hours later, the singer's lawyer, Megan Savard, filed her request for appeal before Judge Grant Huscroft of the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Mtre Savard argued that the trial judge made several errors, including allowing the testimony of a expert about the impact of trauma suffered by a person.

Jacob Hoggard should be released on bail, lawyer says, in part because he is not presenting risk of leakage.

The Crown opposed bail, arguing that enforcement of the verdict of the jury and the judge's sentencing decision were paramount to maintaining public confidence in the justice system.

Judge Huscroft reserved his decision on bail.

With information provided by Jean-Philippe Nadeau, CBC and The Canadian Press

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