April 14th, 2021

Ammonite theft suspect sentenced on other charges

By Shurtz, Delon on November 7, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A 27-year-old man waiting to deal with charges relating to the theft of a valuable ammonite fossil more than a year ago, has been handed some jail time on more recent charges.

Logan Cash Heavyshields was sentenced this week in Lethbridge provincial court to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of assault and one count of uttering threats.

Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles told court that on Feb. 7 Heavyshields was at his mother’s home and arguing with his sister. During the dispute Heavyshields head-butted his sister in the face.

On another occasion Heavyshields was at his sister’s home and, in a drunken state, was being belligerent and threatening. At one point he threatened physical violence if he didn’t get his way.

Then on May 13 Heavyshields and a woman were arguing when a third woman got involved. Heavyshields grabbed her by the hair, pulled her to the ground and kicked her in the face.

“It was a cowardly act,” Giles said.

Lethbridge lawyer Vincent Guinan, who agreed with the recommendation for a 30-day jail sentence – minus 12 days spent in pre-trial custody – explained his client has problems with substance abuse.

Heavyshields also faces charges of theft over $5,000 and entering land without permission, to which he pleaded not guilty in January. The charges relate to 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 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.

Heavyshields’ next hearing is set for next Friday, but in the meantime defence hopes to schedule a date for a six-hour trial on the two charges.

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“(He) grabbed her by the hair, pulled her to the ground and kicked her in the face.”

30 days?! Only 10 days per charge…