The man accused of driving drunk and killing three children and their grandfather will be back before a judge on that day where a statement of fact will be delievered.
Marco Muzzo is facing almost 20 charges; a dozen counts of impaired driving along with 6 counts of unsafe operation of a vehicle.
His lawyer Brian Greenspan asked a Superior Court judge for permission to have the case return to court next month, when Muzzo will enter his plea.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place on February 23 and 24.
The children’s parents and members of Muzzo’s family were in court.
“Virtually from the outset of the tragedy, Marco Muzzo has accepted full responsibility and accountability for his conduct and the devastating consequences of that conduct”, Greenspan said, adding that his client has not made a plea bargain with the Crown.
His case has been put over at least five times, prompting speculation that his lawyers are working on a plea to avoid a trial.
One experienced York police officer, who did not want his name shared in the media, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Muzzo serves as little as 18 months.
The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were also seriously injured.
“We can never fix, but maybe we can start to learn how to carry our broken hearts”, a tearful Jennifer Neville-Lake said outside court, wearing the ashes of her children in a locket around her neck.
The 29-year-old Muzzo looked serious and glanced briefly at his family when he appeared in court.
Greenspan said “actions more than words are the true expression of the remorse that he feels and that he wishes to convey to the family” for the four deaths.
“It’s been a very long and hard ordeal but he’s wanted this matter to be closed and the chapter to be closed as quickly as possible”, he said.
The Muzzo family owns the construction company Marel Contractors and condominium builder Pemberton Group and is worth almost $1.8 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine.