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Coyle to be sentenced in January

By Randy Thoms Sep 13, 2023 | 9:54 PM

File Photo: Fort Frances Courthouse (Randy Thoms / Acadia Broadcasting)

A former Fort Frances nurse will face sentencing in the new year on a charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Lindsay Coyle will be back in court on January 16th.

She pled guilty to the charge last August in connection with the 2015 death of Hermina Fletcher at LaVerendrye Hospital.

Court later revealed Coyle had falsified medical records to steal medication, leading to another nurse administering a higher dose of morphine to

Fletcher than initially recommended.

Family members of Fletcher are disappointed by the delay in sentencing.

“Our clients are angry, frustrated, and distressed by the apparent complacency of prosecutors in bringing this matter to a close. Justice Joubert specifically directed at the sentencing hearing last month that he expected counsel to find a date for sentencing as soon as October. Despite that very clear direction, the Crown Attorney’s office consented to another significant delay in any accountability for Ms. Coyle’s heinous and disgusting actions,” says a statement issued by Fort Frances lawyer Doug Judson

Coyle was initially charged in 2019 with second-degree murder, a charge later reduced.

The crown is recommending a sentence of two years in jail.

Coyle’s lawyer wants a suspended sentence.