Crown seeks long term offender status for final Westside Road shooter

Michael Ellis and two others were arrested near Vernon. He is accused of attempted murder and more than a dozen other charges.
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KELOWNA – A hearing is underway to determine if the man involved in the 2012 high speed chase and shootout with police on Westside Road should get long term offender status.

Michael Edward Ellis was found guilty of more than a dozen charges in February last year for leading police on a high speed chase, shooting at police and carjacking several people along the way.

After several hours police managed to stop the vehicle near Vernon and Ellis, and arrest Ashley Collins and Shawn Wysinski.

Wysinski took responsibility for the incident and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Collins was given an 18-month suspended sentence for being in a vehicle with guns. She was pregnant at the time but miscarried after she was shot by police during the chase.

Ellis pleaded guilty to 17 charges but sentencing has been delayed while crown seeks the long term offender designation which would mean he would be closely monitored for up to 10 years after release from prison.

The hearing is expected to conclude by the end of the week.

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