Former Quesnel resident Sheldon William Nipshank has been sentenced to jail time for charges arising from a break-and-enter of outbuildings on the property of a home off Highway 26 around 3 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2017, and later for breaching a court-ordered undertaking.
On Thursday (May 10), Nipshank, 23, was sentenced to 64 days in jail with a 12-month probation and $200 victim surcharge for breaking and entering with intent to commit an offence.
His charge of trespassing at night relating to the Oct. 23 incident received a stay of proceedings, meaning further legal processes are halted on this charge.
Nipshank was also sentenced on May 10 for a Kamloops breach of undertaking charge. He received 30 days’ jail time and a $100 victim surcharge for this offence.
According to Quesnel RCMP, on Oct. 23, 2017, a man, later identified as Nipshank from the home owner’’s video surveillance system, rang the doorbell and ran away when the homeowner went to the door.
While on the lookout for the suspect and his vehicle, local RCMP members spotted the accused and arrested both occupants of the vehicle – Nipshank and Amy Rene Brown – around 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2017.
Police searched the vehicle and seized a loaded rifle.
Nipshank, 23, faced several charges, including three firearms-related infractions, a breach of probation, wilfully obstructing a peace officer, break-and-enter with intent, and trespassing by night. All but the break and enter charge have since received a stay of proceedings during court appearances this year.
Brown was also charged with firearms-related offences.
She was released, while Nipshank was taken into custody.
Nipshank made several appearances before a judge while going through court system in Quesnel, and on Jan. 9, 2018, he was granted a Judicial Interim Release, which is used until bail is granted, denied or the accused has chosen to remain in custody by consent.
His next court appearance was scheduled for Jan. 23, but he didn’t show up and three bench warrants were issued for his arrest.
While Nipshank was on the lam, he was arrested and placed in Prince George Regional Correctional Centre (PGRCC), according to a B.C. Sheriff Services spokesperson.
In February 2018, he had appearances in Prince George provincial court facing a breach of probation charge stemming from a Sept. 7, 2017 offence.
Meanwhile, Kamloops RCMP was looking for Nipshank, who breached his Jan. 9 court-ordered condition imposed in Quesnel provincial court, on Jan. 17.
A Kamloops RCMP spokesperson says they got Crown Counsel approval for a warrant on March 9.
A few days later, they realized Nipshank was already in custody, an arrest was made, and his case was heard in Kamloops provincial court on March 19, when he faced a charge of breaching the conditions of a court-ordered probation.
Nipshank also received stay of proceedings on firearms-related charges at an April 16 appearance.
-With files from Ken Alexander