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.

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