(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 29-year-old Jeff Sharp appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom while handcuffed and in the prisoner’s box on December 17th, 2019. Justice Valente was presiding along with Provincial Crown Attorney Gordon Filmore and criminal defence lawyer Brennen Sacevich assisting Sharp in the capacity of duty counsel. A Federal Crown is not needed in this case as the Provincial Crown has taken carriage of the matter.
Sharp is here today pleading guilty to a residential break & enter with theft, possession of drugs, robbery, and breaching bail conditions. One victim is a priest, the other is Sharp’s own father who has now passed away while Sharp was behind bars. He pleads guilty after being arraigned by the court clerk and the Crown begins to read in the agreed statement of facts.
On December 7th, 2017, at approximately 12:42 pm Thunder Bay Police Service received a 911 call from the Maltese grocery store located at 301 Pearl Street in regards to an assaultive robbery that had just taken place. The 911 call indicated that a customer that was in the store had been robbed by another customer. Officers were dispatched and upon arriving at the location they discovered at the corner of Algoma and Ambrose that the robbery suspect was being detained by civilians.
The victim, a local priest at a church told police that he was at the counter paying for some items when Jeff Sharp attempted to grab the 70-year-old priest’s wallet out of his hand. A struggle ensued and the priest ended up knocked down on the ground. That is when Sharp attempted to escape by fleeing out the door, jumping over the railing and onto the sidewalk along Algoma. He ran down Algoma street while Maltese Grocery staff pursued him. He was stopped at the corner of Algoma and Ambrose and detained until police arrived and took over.
A bystander in the store filmed the incident and was yelling at staff telling them to let go of him, accusing them of hurting him. If anyone has this video, please contact us right away via text at 807-355-8917 or via email at email@example.com. There were no serious injuries sustained during this incident. Sharp agrees to this account of the event.
On Monday, May 20th, 2019, Thunder Bay Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Shuniah Street following reports of a male in his early 20’s wearing a bean toque, purple sweater and black pants attempting to break into a window of a residence. 911 calls also indicated that the suspect had left the scene and was skateboarding south down Shuniah. Police located an individual matching that description quickly and made an arrest. They located a stolen gold watch, $19 and a bottle of prescription pills that belonged to a resident of that home. The bottle contained about 180 oxycodone pills.
Police arrested, charged and detained Jeff Sharp during this incident.
A joint submission is put forth that would see Sharp serve 18 months globally for the list of charges he plead guilty to today. Sadly, the court hears that Sharps’s mother passed away some time ago. Sharp has been in custody for 213 days straight and was previously in jail for a stretch of 86 days. Court hears that the home he broke into and the oxycodone was Sharp’s Fathers. His father lost his legs a number of years ago due to frostbite and has been struggling ever since. The oxycodone was to relieve the pain in his back and legs due to the amputation of his legs. Court hears that Sharp’s father passed away a few weeks ago while Sharp was in jail.
Court hears that Sharp has struggled with addiction for ‘a great many years’. Further, it is said that his criminal behaviour is a direct result of his drug addiction. His 299 days of time served is enhanced to 449 days, due to the deplorable conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail. 18 months leaves him with 99 days left to serve going forward from today. Further, he is going to be put on a 12-month long probation order with the following conditions:
- Report to probation as required.
- Not to contact a resident that still lives at the address on Shuniah.
- Not to contact the priest.
- Not to attend the church that the priest is at.
- Attend and actively participate in counselling/programs regarding substance abuse/unresolved grief/trauma/anger management.
Sharp is sentenced and is escorted back into the basement of the Thunder Bay Courthouse. He is going to remain behind bars until his sentence is over.