December 3rd, 2020

Adjournment granted in ammonite theft case

By Shurtz, Delon on October 22, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

The lawyer for a man accused of stealing an ammonite fossil more than a year ago has been granted another adjournment while he waits to set a trial date.

During a recent hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, Lethbridge lawyer Vincent Guinan said the Crown and defence still need to schedule a pre-trial conference to discuss the matter and consider possible trial dates. Guinan also pointed out is client, Logan Heavy Shield, has accrued more charges and is currently enrolled in a residential treatment program.

The Crown and defence had hoped to resolve charges against Heavy Shield, who pleaded not guilty in January to charges of theft over $5,000 and entering land without permission. However, Guinan told court in August he decided to have his client stand trial, despite receiving a resolution offer from the Crown. He also elected trial by a provincial court judge, and indicated last week he may raise a constitutional challenge.

Heavy Shield’s charges stem from an incident on July 16, 2019 when a man was seen stealing an ammonite fossil from a mine south of Lethbridge. Mine employees 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 under house arrest for six months, followed by six months of curfew.

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