Man pleads guilty to charges, gets two years’ prison

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PICTOU – A 39-year-old Westville man has been sentenced to federal jail time after pleading guilty to multiple charges.

Jason Earl Crowther pleaded guilty to assault of a police officer causing bodily harm, operating a motor vehicle dangerous to the public, damaging property valued at more than $5,000 and uttering threats to a police officer in relation to an incident on May 29.  

He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but changed his pleas Tuesday before his trial began. 

The court was told that Crowther became upset and drove recklessly out of his driveway to the home of some Pictou County residents out of frustration over a recent family court matter and a police decision not to investigate an allegation of sexual assault.

Pictou provincial court Judge Del Atwood said the accused acted impulsively when he drove recklessly to the home and destroyed their truck and damaged an all-terrain vehicle in their yard and put public safety at risk.

The Crown also introduced photos that depicted bruising on the body of a local police officer who attempted to arrest Crowther after the incident. He was later arrested when another officer arrived on the scene and he has been in custody for the past 69 days.

Atwood said victim impact statements show the Pictou County couple suffered a high degree of stress, fear and anxiety as a result of the incident.

Crowther was sentenced to two years plus a day federal jail time followed by one year’s driving prohibition. He must also pay $1,400 in restitution to the couple for damage to their ATV as well as $800 in victim surcharge fines.

Geographic location: Pictou County

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