Judge grants Marco Muzzo bail
Marco Muzzo in the middle, leaving the courthouse on Thursday.
Jessenia Feijo and Dondre Stewart
Marco Muzzo was released on a $1-million bail Thursday after pleading guilty to six charges in a drunk driving crash, killing three young children and their grandfather.
Muzzo is facing 18 charges of impaired-driving leading to the death of another person, impaired driving leading to bodily harm of another person and other offences following the deadly crash that took place at the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Kirby Road, north of Toronto, on Sept. 27 of last year.
On Thursday, of the 18 counts he was facing, Muzzo pleaded guilty to only six: four counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm.
The remaining charges are to be discussed determined at sentencing in Newmarket on Feb. 23, Brian Greenspan, Muzzo’s lawyer, said.
The judge made it very clear that under no circumstances is Muzzo getting any special treatment due to his family’s wealthy status.
Because he had no prior criminal record and because he has medical issues, Muzzo was granted bail under strict conditions.
Muzzo is to be under the watch of three sureties. The sureties are his mother, Dawn Muzzo, and his fiancé’s Taryn parents, Peena and Richard Hampton.
Muzzo is on similar conditions that one would be if on house arrest.
The conditions are the following:
– keep a curfew of 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
– be on good behaviour
– not operate a motor vehicle
– do not consume or purchase alcohol
– reside at his mother’s residence in Kleinburg Ont.
– report each Sunday to York Regional Police at 2700 Rutherford Rd
– make no contact with the Nevel-Lake family or be within 100 metres of their employment, residence and education institutions
– not apply for any travel documents.
From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m, the only way Muzzo’s curfew in his mother’s residence can be broken is for a medical emergency.
All other hours are to be in the residence expecting continuous surveillance under sureties travelling to and from counselling, employment at 50 Confederation Parkway and to and from medical appointments.
After consenting to this release, the judge asked Muzzo if he understood. Muzzo nodded lightly.
If Muzzo’s strict plea conditions are not meant or are broken, he will be arrested and sent back to police custody.