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A 26-year-old man is in police custody in connection with a 2017 shooting incident that left a 22-year-old man seriously injured. The accused, of no fixed address, allegedly shot the man during the day. The victim — an Ontario resident from Oshawa — was riding his bike when he was apparently approached by the accused, who demanded the jewellery the victim was wearing.
The accused left the scene after allegedly shooting the man after the cyclist refused to hand over his valuables. The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to a trauma centre in Toronto. After the incident, the authorities asked the public for its help in identifying the suspect who appeared in a surveillance video which was distributed to media outlets and made public.
The accused was eventually found and taken into police custody. He is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, weapons offences and discharging a firearm with intent. He is also facing other charges. The accused was already in custody when charged with these crimes. He also will have to fight charges in connection with another shooting last year in Brampton.
Those persons charged with violent crimes in Ontario have the right to mount an aggressive legal defense. Enlisting the help of a lawyer with experience in criminal defense may be a wise decision on the parts of those so accused. A lawyer may be able to work with the Crown to lessen any possible sentence, if not have any charges dropped altogether.
Source: durhamregion.com, “Suspect arrested in 2017 shooting that injured man in Oshawa“, Jeff Mitchell, March 7, 2018