A suspect who pleaded guilty in relation to a shooting in Inverness Co. is scheduled to learn his punishment Thursday.
RCMP say a 34-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the leg at a home on Hwy. 252 in Skye Glen late one evening in June 2017.
James Edwin Tyler Goswell, 34, of Stewartdale, who was arrested as he walked out from a wooded area within two kilometres of the scene the afternoon following the shooting, originally faced an aggravated assault count, seven weapons-related charges and a drug count; he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and weapon possession in December.
His remaining charges were withdrawn.
Goswell had a sentencing hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court June 4.
Crown and defence lawyers made a joint sentencing recommendation of three-and-a-half years in prison- minus a year-and-a-half credit for time already served- followed by 30 months of probation; the judge in the case, who took time to review similar cases submitted by the Crown, reserved her decision.
She’s expected to hand down a sentence at 9:30 a.m.; The Hawk will be there.
Justin Francis Goswell, 28, of Judique, who was arrested at the scene shortly after the shooting, was originally charged with three firearms counts and a drug offence; he entered guilty pleas to weapon possession, careless storage of a firearm and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in December.
His remaining charges were withdrawn, and he was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison, minus 11 months of time-and-a-half credit for time already served, during a sentencing hearing in January.
He also received a lifetime firearms ban.
The two brothers, who have been in custody since their arrests, both had their bail applications denied following hearings in June 2017.
Makayla Sutherland, 22, of Harbourview, who was charged with a count of possession for the purpose of trafficking in the case, was released from custody; her charge was withdrawn in December.