Rob Ford pal Sandro Lisi abandons appeal of death threat conviction

Alexander Lisi outside court on Oct. 2, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Alexander Lisi outside court on Oct. 2, 2013. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

TORONTO — Accused drug dealer and extortionist Sandro Lisi abandoned his appeal Wednesday of a conviction for threatening to kill his girlfriend.

Defence lawyer Courtney Keystone told Judge Anne Molloy of her client’s intention to drop the appeal of the conviction, which had resulted in a suspended sentence and probation.

It was during these proceedings that court documents revealed Lisi was aspiring to “work for the City of Toronto with the endorsement of his ‘close friend’ Mayor Rob Ford.”

Judge Jane Kelly ordered the two court documents released in October.

The pre-sentence report and a character reference letter — in which Ford praised Lisi as an “exemplary member” of his 2010 mayoral campaign team — were admitted as court exhibits in June when Lisi was sentenced.


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