After a series of events that seem to have been pulled out of a Grand Theft Auto video game, one of Penticton’s prolific criminals will soon hear if he will spend another five years in prison.
Jesse William Shawcross, 39, appeared in court on September 23 in Penticton on charges of carjacking and vehicle theft involving motorcycles and ATVs that occurred during nine days in September 2019. Four different cases were heard, and the judge asked for time to decide Shawcross’s fate.
Shawcross, who appeared in court via video from the Okanagan Correctional Center, pleaded guilty to 14 charges in four counts. These charges include his six separate counts of automobile theft, use of imitation firearms, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest, and two robberies.
When his crimes were over, it took five police officers to finally take Shawcross into custody.
The spree began on September 15, 2019, when Shawcross and another man broke into the apartment parking lot and stole a Honda CRV, which was later recovered at Grand Forks. Shawcross and one of his other men convicted in his own trial opened the front door of the lobby to Jimmy before entering the locked parking lot. Shawcross was recognized in security footage by RCMP of him after the theft.
On September 19, Shawcross broke into another basement apartment complex before 3 a.m., smashed the windows of two cars and smashed the ignition of one before fleeing and pepper-spraying security guards. I was. Video surveillance recovered from that apartment building also revealed Shawcloth, which lawyers called “unique attire.”
The clothing later helped officers identify Shawcross after the incident.
Also on September 19, around 5:00 a.m., another man called to report that his Harley-Davidson had been stolen overnight from his apartment’s underground parking garage. A can of bear spray and a screwdriver were placed near where the bike was parked.
Later that same day, another person called the RCMP, claiming that his car had been stolen from the parking lot of Southern Okanagan General Hospital, and that his wallet and bank cards had been stolen, one of which was used to purchase a cell phone at Oliver’s. Surveillance footage again identified Shawcross by his tattoos and clothing wearing a bicycle helmet that had been left with a Harley-Davidson.
Shawcross then tried to use the card again at Okanagan Falls.
On the afternoon of September 19, a woman called the RCMP to report that a side-by-side ATV had been stolen and surveillance footage from her property again revealed Shawcross.
That latest theft didn’t last long, as Shawcross attempted to carjack the Good Samaritan after crashing his Harley-Davidson before successfully stealing the car from another driver. I was threatened with an imitation pistol.
The carjacked vehicle was later found abandoned. Investigators tested blood found at the scene, which was left over from injuries sustained by Shawcross in the crash, and fingerprints identified him as responsible.
The spree finally came to an end on September 24th. That’s when cops spot and identify him Shawcross at the wheel of what turns out to be yet another stolen vehicle.
Later that afternoon, there were reports that the vehicle crashed into a ditch near Okanagan Falls and the driver got out and stole another vehicle.
Shawcross drives to Oliver, dumps the car, and eventually steals the van. The van was found with Shawcross in the driver’s seat of Penticton’s Canadian Tire.
When the RCMP converged on him, he attempted to flee, smashing several parked cars before leaving on foot. It took about five officers to finally take the struggling Shawcross into custody following his 1 km chase to the Petrocan parking lot.
Shawcross remained defiant following his arrest, yelling out including blatant and extremely graphic threats against officers and their families.
The barrister is seeking eight to nine years in prison, but Shawcross’s defense is seeking five years in prison, plus five years of custodial supervision and two years of community supervision. .
The defense cited Shawcross’s traumatic and troubled history. This includes being born with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, giving up for adoption at age 2 with siblings, early introduction to drugs, and after being put back into the system by adoptive parents14 At age 29, I moved through 29 foster homes over the next four years.
“Mr. Shawcross knew marijuana at 10, acid at 13, cocaine and crack at 14, and speed at 16.” We advocate $200 to $300 per stimulant habit, and we are dealing with individuals who have indeed been affected.”
A moving Shawcross tells how he was separated from his siblings and Indigenous heritage after he was adopted, and how he was put back into the system and sent to a group home, where he only stayed for a short time. He also talked about his life.
While in custody since September 2019, Shawcross heard that his adoptive father had died. He was reunited with his adoptive mother and grandmother, and while making amends, both died while he was in custody.
Shawcross tearfully said that he would do whatever he could to start the healing process, including talking directly to the victim and the need to get healthy and stop the cycle.
Judge Richard Hewson acknowledged that Shawcross’ life was tragic and asked for more time to consider the circumstances of the case and the case law presented by both sides before making a final decision. I got
Shawcross is currently scheduled to appear on September 29th to set the date to hear his fate.
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