October 24, 2014 - 1:38 PM
KELOWNA - Two of the three people involved in the infamous Westside Road shooting that took police on a 60-kilometre chase from West Kelowna to Vernon in 2012 were sentenced in Kelowna Supreme Court Friday.
Shawn Wysynski, 34, pleaded guilty and will serve nine years in federal prison for using a loaded gun to carjack one motorist and attempting to carjack another as he, Michael Ellis and Ashley Collins fled a traffic stop on Boucherie Road late July 2012.
Justice Peter Rogers agreed to the joint submission calling Wysynski a “habitual criminal” with “no attachment to society.”
Also sentenced was Ashley Collins, who was shot by police as she hid in the box of the hijacked pickup truck speeding down Westside Road. Collins was 18 and pregnant at the time and as a result of being shot by police lost the baby and one of her kidneys. Her lawyer Grant Gray said she regards the day as both the best and worst of her life.
“She was essentially along for the ride,” he said, adding she has since gotten her life together, gotten off drugs and is employed full time.
“I have no doubt that as she goes through life she will look from time to time at the scar and remind herself of the value of leading a productive and law-abiding life,” Rogers said.
Collins made bail shortly after her arrest and has been essentially on house arrest for the majority of the time since the shooting.
She received a suspended sentence with 18 months probation as well as a five-year ban on owning firearms.
“(Wysynski is) a completely different subject,” Rogers said. “(He’s) never held a regular job… and has lived a criminal lifestyle ever since he left school at 15.”
While Collins has no criminal history prior to July 2012, Wysynski has 80 criminal convictions and has been in custody since his arrest. He was given credit for time served.
The attempted murder trial of the third man accused, Michael Ellis, is ongoing.
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— This story was updated October 21 at 4:20 p.m. to correct the name of Collins' lawyer.
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