Man kicked two officers in the chest, court hears

He pleaded guilty to 11 counts, including assault on police, theft, breaches of probation, failure to attend court and breach of recognizance.

Two and a half years ago, city police responded to a personal welfare call in west Sault Ste. Married

It was 8:30 p.m. on May 1, 2020 and a man, without shoes, was running through traffic on Korah Road.

When officers arrived they found Michael Gingras removing his shirt, a judge heard Wednesday

He became aggressive, kicked two police officers in the chest and shouted while in the back of the police vehicle.

His aggressive behavior continued at the police station, Assistant Crown Attorney Robert Skeggs said.

Gingras pleaded guilty to 11 counts, including assaulting police, theft, breach of probation, failure to attend court and breach of recognizance.

The offenses took place between March 2020 and May this year.

Six of them were for breaching probation terms – such as the requirement that he stay away from Station Mall, Shoppers Drug Mart on Great Northern Road and other businesses in the city.

Ontario Court of Justice Judge Melanie Dunn heard police were called on March 19, 2021 about a man who left the Dollar Tree at Cambrian Mall without paying for merchandise.

He fled on his bicycle but the officers caught him, Skeggs said.

Socks, magnets and knives stolen from the store have been recovered.

On March 6 of this year, Gingras was arrested for stealing $120 worth of clothing – pants and a hoodie – from the Fairweather store in Station Mall.

Crown and defense attorney Ken Walker jointly recommended that the 32-year-old be sentenced to eight months in prison, minus the time he spent in pre-trial detention.

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They also agreed that Gingras should be placed on probation for two years.

Skeggs cited the need for denunciation and deterrence, noting that the accused did not stay away from places he was told not to go.

“He should get the message that if he goes to places he’s not supposed to go, he gets custody,” the prosecutor said.

It is also necessary to protect customers and employees of shopping centers.

Walker said his client, a member of the Batchewana First Nation, resides in Goulais River.

“When he lives at home, he doesn’t get in trouble,” the defense said.

It’s when he comes to town that he gets into trouble — taking drugs and stealing for food or for his lifestyle, Walker said.

Gingras is “a little exuberant” when he is first incarcerated, but calms down when he is off drugs.

“He knows the consequences (of his actions) are jail and more jail.”

When imposing the recommended sentence, Dunn called the defendant’s long criminal record, which is replete with similar convictions, the most aggravating factor.

The judge also noted that the sentence is on the low end of the range, telling Gingras that she is aware of his difficulties and that he has been in jail during the time of COVID.

She sentenced him to eight months, and with the increased credit he received for the time he spent in custody after his arrest, Gingras faces another 51 days behind bars.

Gingras will be on probation for two years with conditions to stay away from Station Mall and Cambrian Mall.

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In addition, he is prohibited from owning weapons for 10 years and must provide a DNA sample for the national registry.

A number of other charges were withdrawn by the Crown following guilty pleas.