Lilgert takes case to Supreme Court

Lilgert was convicted in 2013 by jury of two counts of criminal negligence causing death.

Grand Forks resident Karl Lilgert is appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada to review his case.

Lilgert was convicted in 2013 by jury of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced to four years for his role in the 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North ferry. Lilgert is currently in prison serving his sentence.

The ferry, which Lilgert was navigating, struck an island during an overnight voyage from Northern B.C. to Vancouver Island, killing passengers Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette.

In an interview with the Canadian Press, Lilgert’s lawyer, Glen Orris, said that he plans to argue in the appeal that the trial judge gave incorrect instructions to the jury when explaining the offence of a criminal negligence.

Lilgert was tried by jury in 2013 and found guilty. He had been out and living in Grand Forks while appealing to the B.C. Appeal Court. The appeal court turned down Lilgert’s appeal in December of last year and he has been in jail since.