October 24th, 2020

Accused hopes to resolve ammonite theft case without trial


By Shurtz, Delon on July 17, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A man accused of stealing a valuable ammonite fossil a year ago is still hoping to resolve the matter without going to trial.

Logan Heavy Shield pleaded not guilty in January to one count each of theft over $5,000 and entering land without permission, and was planning to stand trial. However, during a brief hearing Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court, Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly indicated a trial may not be necessary.

“We’re attempting to try and get it resolved,” she told Judge Paul Pharo.

The charges stem from an incident on July 16 of last year when a man was seen stealing the ammonite fossil from a mine south of Lethbridge. Mine employes saw the man put the $7,000 fossil in a bag and then run to a waiting vehicle. The suspects got away, but were eventually captured, despite the driver’s attempt to disguise his truck by painting it.

The driver pleaded guilty in February to several charges, including one count of theft over $5,000. He was handed a one-year conditional sentence and placed on house arrest for six months, followed by six months of curfew.

Heavy Shield’s charges are scheduled to be back in court at the end of the month.

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