Shooting victim jailed
Man was shot after entering home and assaulting resident
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.