PICTOU – A 19-year-old Trenton man will be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to attempting to murder Scott Jones.
Shane Edward Matheson made a brief court appearance in Pictou Supreme Court Thursday during which time he entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted murder.
Additional charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon were stayed by the Crown.
Jones’s spinal cord was damaged in the Oct. 12 stabbing in downtown New Glasgow that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
New Glasgow Regional Police were on a routine patrol just before 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 when they saw a man on the ground near the intersection of Archimedes and Forbes streets. After further investigation, police realized he’d been stabbed.
Jones and his supporters have been vocal since the attack saying Matheson stabbed him in the back because he is gay, but Crown attorney Jody McNeill said he would not discuss facts of the case at this time.
“I am not going to comment on what the facts are because we haven’t committed the facts to the court yet,” he said.
McNeill said he expects Jones to either submit a victim impact statement or attend court on sentencing day to read it himself. The court has also ordered a pre-sentence report that will give the Justice information on Matheson’s background and views in regard to the crime.
Dressed in a dark blue tracksuit, Matheson stood and answered yes to Justice Nick Scaravelli’s about whether he understood what a guilty plea meant to him.
He said he knew that by pleading guilty to the charge he is admitting that he intended to kill Jones and the maximum sentence for an attempted murder charge is life in prison.
Both McNeill and defence lawyer Steve Robertson said they were close to reaching a joint recommendation on sentencing, but would not comment on what that would be.
“The range of disagreement is focused and narrow,” Robertson told Scaravelli.
Matheson has been remanded in custody since October and waived his right to a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday.
Following Tuesday’s court appearance, Robertson said he waived the preliminary because his client wanted the process to continue a little quicker.
“He turned himself in and never asked for a bail hearing,” said Robertson. “The only thing he asked is if this could be moved along a little faster.”