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Case against Princeton prolific offender collapses after witness fails to appear

Aaron Ceretti was released on conditions

A charge of uttering threats to burn, destroy or damage was stayed by Crown counsel in Princeton circuit court Thursday, Oct. 14, after a key witness failed to appear to testify.

Aaron Ceretti, 34, was being held in custody after being arrested on new charges of assault and breaching a release order, and was released on conditions by provincial court Judge Robin Smith.

Ceretti was last in Princeton court in August, when he was sentenced to 190 days in jail for numerous violations of a probation order.

Given time already served, and the fact that 30 days of the sentence was concurrent, Ceretti left the courthouse facing 17 more days in prison.

When passing sentence, Judge Shannon Keyes told the defendant “it’s a sentence I think is fair, but it’s a break.”

Ceretti was charged with 15 counts, mostly related to probation breaches.

He pleaded guilty to six counts, and the balance of related charges were stayed.

At that time, court heard he has 38 previous criminal convictions.

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