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Lutczyk to be sentenced Feb. 4

Lutczyk fileBy Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It’s been more than three years, but former Oshawa city councillor Robert Lutczyk will soon be sentenced for charges stemming from the kidnapping of city solicitor David Potts in 2012.

Lutczyk is expected to be sentenced in an Oshawa courtroom on Feb. 4 following a guilty plea late last year.

On Dec. 1, Lutczyk pleaded guilty to kidnapping and weapons charges stemming from the incident.

According to an agreement statement of facts, Lutczyk kidnapped Potts from the driveway of his home on Oct. 15, 2012. Facing legal and monetary problems, Lutczyk pointed the blame, and targeted his anger, towards Potts.

After visiting an industrial yard in Whitby, the pair travelled to a nearby Tim Hortons where a police chase ensued.

Fleeing back to the industrial site, Potts was able to escape unharmed before Lutczyk disappeared into the unit. Lutczyk surrendered himself to police following a 26-hour standoff.

The legal saga that followed is one with many speedbumps.

With a trial slated for January of last year, pretrial motions for scheduled for the two weeks leading up to trial. Those motions ended up lasting the majority of 2015 before Lutczyk’s guilty plea.