Shoot­ing vic­tim jailed

Man was shot af­ter en­ter­ing home and as­sault­ing res­i­dent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS THE GUARDIAN

A 26-year-old man who was shot in the leg in a Val­ley­field home dur­ing a fight over a woman was sen­tenced Mon­day to serve five months in jail.

Ja­cob An­gus Floyd John­ston ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Ben Tay­lor in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Char­lot­te­town where he changed his plea to guilty to un­law­ful en­try.

John­ston pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, but with his change in plea the Crown stayed sev­eral other charges.

The court heard John­ston had been in a re­la­tion­ship with the mother of his child, but it ended and soon af­ter she started a new re­la­tion­ship with Jer­rod Nathan Greene.

Greene was the one who shot John­ston and was since given a dis­charge af­ter plead­ing guilty to un­safe stor­age of a firearm.

Al­though their re­la­tion­ship ended, the woman and John­ston con­tin­ued to see each other in se­cret and were to­gether on Nov. 1, 2014 at a Hal­loween party in Poole’s Cor­ner.

They later went to a house party.

Greene and the woman were con­tact­ing each other through text mes­sages and she planned to re­turn to his home that night.

Later, when John­ston found out the woman was talk­ing to Greene on the phone he be­came an­gry, threw her phone in the woods and left with an­other per­son.

John­ston went to Greene’s home and once in­side en­tered his bed­room where he re­fused to leave.

A scuf­fle en­sued and John­ston hit Greene on the head and back sev­eral times.

Greene got away and grabbed a loaded Winch­ester 12-gauge pump ac­tion shot­gun that was in his bed­room.

He warned John­ston if he ad­vanced any fur­ther Greene would shoot him.

When John­ston did ad­vance Greene fired the gun and shot him in the right leg above the knee.

Greene’s father later used a belt as a tourni­quet un­til paramedics ar­rived.

When they ar­rived, John­ston told paramedics he drank 24 beer through­out the night.

Dur­ing Mon­day’s pro­ceed­ings, de­fence lawyer Ian Bai­ley said his client has un­der­gone three op­er­a­tions since the shoot­ing, he has to live with con­stant pain and he suf­fers from early on­set arthri­tis or arthri­tis-like pain.

Bai­ley said John­ston was “hor­rif­i­cally wounded” and will have a re­minder of the in­ci­dent for the rest of his life.

John­ston and the woman’s re­la­tion­ship has ended and he has moved on, Bai­ley said.

The Crown and de­fence made a joint rec­om­men­da­tion of five months in jail to which Tay­lor agreed, say­ing it was an ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.

Along with jail time, John­ston will be on pro­ba­tion for two years af­ter his re­lease and was or­dered to pay a $200 vic­tim of crime sur­charge.

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