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Annapolis County man convicted of legion murder won’t get more time to file appeal

ANNAPOLIS COUNTY, NS - The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed a request that would give an Annapolis County man convicted of second-degree murder nearly a decade ago more time to file an appeal application.

Jamie John Gregory, 38, was found guilty of the second-degree murder of legion bartender Peter Vanderpluijm more than eight years ago. He was handed a life sentence with no eligibility for parole for at least 10 years.

Vanderpluijm, a military veteran who was 59 at the time, was found dead on the floor of the Lawrencetown branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Dec. 22, 2006. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to his head. It was determined in court that Gregory had staged a robbery after killing Vanderpluijm.

On Feb. 9, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a motion from Gregory for an extension of time to serve and file an application for leave to appeal. The motion was dismissed without costs.

The decision states that - even if the time extension motion had been granted - the application for leave to appeal from a September 2013 Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decision would have been dismissed without costs.

In September 2013, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld Gregory’s conviction. Gregory had appealed on the grounds that Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Kevin Coady had erred by not considering intoxication as a partial defence.

Judge Duncan Beveridge stated in a written decision that the intoxication defence, which hadn’t been argued at trial, had “no air of reality.”

Beveridge determined that Coady had made no error by not addressing intoxication as a partial defence and dismissed the appeal.

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