A drug thug who went by the name of “Cheddar” was sentenced Friday to six years in jail for shooting a man in the shoulder in November 2011.
Brandon Schell, 30, was given a six-year sentence for firing a prohibited weapon and a three-year jail term for aggravated assault, to be served concurrently.
Schell’s mother was the only spectator in the B.C. Supreme Court room as Justice Dev Dley gave his sentence.
The two-week trial was held last fall and included the death of a crack addict from an overdose before he could testify, as well as some confusion over whether it was Schell or a cohort named “Trey” who had threatened some drug users in their apartment if they didn’t buy from them.
As a result, Schell was found not guilty of extortion.
Dley said Friday aggravating factors in the case include the fact that Schell was on probation for another incident at the time and he was also banned from possessing firearms.
Schell has a criminal history that goes back to 2006, involving drinking and driving offences, failing to abide by court orders, stolen property, theft and assault with a weapon.
Dley ordered another lifetime firearms ban and for Schell to have no contact with the man he shot or with three other witnesses in the case.
Crown counsel Don Mann pointed out that Schell went to the apartment packing a loaded, restricted firearm. While the shooting occurred impulsively when another man challenged Schell, he hasn’t indicated any signs of remorse or acceptance of responsibility or rehabilitation, Mann said.
Schell’s lawyer, Sheldon Tate, said his client is First Nations, although he’s only recently indicated an interest in getting in touch with those roots.
Schell is close to his mother, who is Ojibway and who moved to Kamloops from Chilliwack to be close to him while awaiting his sentencing.
His father was an alcoholic and drug addict whose abusiveness prompted his parents to separate when he was five, Tate said.
While Schell had little contact with his father over the years, he was present and made some connection eight years ago when his dad was on his death bed, the defence lawyer added.
Schell was taking on the role of man of the family until 2006, when he became more involved in drugs and alcohol, said Tate.