Man convicted of 2019 daylight shooting in Oshawa sentenced to over seven years in prison

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Published October 13, 2021 at 2:02 pm

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The man who confessed to a daylight shooting in Oshawa has been given a seven-and-a-half year sentence.

The shooting on September 24, 2019 happened around 4 p.m. in the Whitling Avenue and Simcoe Street area of Oshawa. When police arrived on the scene they found the 42-year-old victim lying in the middle of the road suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.

Witnesses saw two men flee the scene in a grey get-away car.

Marcus Charles, then 25, was arrested about a month after the shooting on October 15. He later pled guilty to a variety of charges including assault and trafficking fentanyl.

Police at the time believed the victim was targeted by the men. It was disclosed during the trial that the victim was a customer of Charles’ and owed money. When Charles confronted the victim, he shot the man breaking his leg.

Charles has an extensive criminal history. Judge Cary Boswell said, “his entire adult life has been spent in custody.” Weighing this against Charles difficult upbringing and desire to change, Boswell lowered Crown requests for an eight year sentence to seven and a half years. He also credited over four years of the sentence to time served in pre-trial custody.

 

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