Brookside man gets suspended sentence for New Year’s shooting
Judge sets probation conditions for Francis Bragg
Francis Bragg, 34, was back in provincial court in Grand Bank on July 5 for sentencing in relation to a New Year’s Eve shooting incident in Brookside.
Bragg was charged with unlawfully storing a firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm, and providing liquor to minors.
He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 18 months.
Bragg was also charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, but the Crown later withdrew the charge.
The charges stemmed from a shooting that occurred in Brookside on Dec. 31, 2016. A 16-yearold male from the community was severely injured in the incident.
An agreed statement of facts presented to the court detailed the sequence of events on the night in question.
Two males, ages 16 and 17, were at the home of Francis Bragg in Brookside to celebrate the New Year.
Members from Marystown town council and the Gay Straight Alliance from Marystown Central High School also spoke during the event.
Kris Vivian, who told the crowd they recently came out to their school community as transgendered, took part in the event for the first time this year.
Vivian, a member of the Gay Straight Alliance at MCHS, explained when the Burin Peninsula Voice Against Violence was looking for people interested in speaking at the event, they offered to share their story.
“It was nice to see a big turnout – it was a lot more people than I expected,” said Vivian. “There was a lot of support. I just wanted to show my support and be a part of the community.”
his neglect in terms of leaving the loaded shot gun where he did on the night in question.”
Along with a firearms’ probation of 10 years, Bragg must forfeit the firearm, ammunition, and ammunition clip used in the offence.
He has also been ordered not have contact with the 18-yearold male who was also charged in relation to the offence.
A $300-fine, plus any associated surcharge fees, was imposed for violations under the liquor control act for providing liquor to the victim.
No orders were made prohibiting Bragg from having contact with the victim.
Over 70 people took part in this year’s pride parade in Marystown.