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Duo gets jail term for assaulting officer

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor

SIMCOE - 

A southern Ontario couple were sentenced to more than a year and a half in custody for an altercation with a police officer and a Good Samaritan near Courtland last year.

The pair – Cody Hill, 23, of Windsor, and Keeley Dianne Shipway, 24, of London – had been charged after a Sept. 4, 2016 incident on Highway 59.

A 66-year-old man had stopped to try and help the pair and he was joined by a Norfolk County OPP officer. But when the young couple tried to drive off in the Good Samaritan’s car, a fight ensued. The officer and the older man were both injured and the older man taken to hospital.

Hill and Shipway were driving a vehicle that had been stolen earlier in Oxford County.

They were charged with robbery, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, assaulting a peace office and failing to comply with a recognizance.

In Simcoe court, Hill pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, assaulting a police officer and failing to comply with bail conditions. Charges of robbery, possess property obtained by crime and using an imitation weapon for robbery were withdrawn.

He was sentenced recently by Justice Kevin Sherwood to time served of 246 days and another 11 months of time. He will have a three year probationary period to maintain once released from jail.

Shipway, who was convicted in 2011 of stabbing a man to death in London, pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer and breaching a peace bond. A number of other charges were withdrawn.

She was credited with 448 days of time already served and given another 92 days of jail for a total of 18 months. She also received a three year probation period.