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Doorway threat lands accused in jail


By Delon Shurtz on August 18, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Wearing a face mask and carrying what appeared to be a handgun didn’t give Logan Heavy Shields access to anything but a jail cell.
Heavy Shields, 28, was trying to get a woman to open her door when he knocked on it on April 15. Although he was disguised and had a hood pulled over his head, the woman suspected it was Heavy Shields, and saw through her doorbell camera the man pull out what appeared to be a handgun. He pointed it at the camera and continued to knock on the door for several minutes.
After about 10 minutes, Heavy Shields pulled out a knife, broke the doorbell camera, and walked away.
Heavy Shields pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count each of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and use of an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence. He was sentenced to just under four months in jail, which was reduced to 22 days after he was given credit for the equivalent of 83 days spent in pre-trial custody.
Crown Prosecutor Adam Zelmer pointed out the offender has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions flowing virtually unbroken from 2012 to 2021.
There was “substantial quid quo pro,” as the Crown and defence worked to resolve the case, Zelmer added, and while Lethbridge lawyer Tracy Hembroff agreed with the sentence recommendation, she noted there were issues of identification of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt, and whether the object Heavy Shields held in his hand was actually a firearm.
“It was never recovered,” Hembroff told the judge.

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