A Chilliwack gangster convicted after a violent crime spree is no longer facing a dangerous offender designation, but he is facing more than a decade behind bars.
Jonathan David Olson was convicted alongside Brodie Tyrel Takahashi Robinson in August 2019 in connection with a series of incidents over the 2017 Canada Day long weekend, which included shooting another gang-connected individual in the head.
Robinson was sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in the crime spree.
Olson has an extensive criminal record full of violence from his career in the drug trade.
Based on previous incidents in that criminal record, Crown counsel Henry Waldock informed the court in September 2019 that he would make an application under section 752.1 of the criminal code.
Under that section regarding dangerous offenders and long-term offenders, an offender can be jailed for an indeterminate length if a judge agrees that an offender convicted in a serious personal injury offence has been convicted previously at least twice of a similar offence.
But the dangerous offender designation application is now off the table, and Waldock is asking the court for a sentence in the range of 14 years.
A three-day sentencing hearing began in BC Supreme Court in New Westminster on Thursday (Dec. 3), which scheduled continuation dates on Dec. 10 and Dec. 22.
The 2017 incident for which Olson and Robinson were convicted involved Olson pistol-whipping a third man over the head at the Husky station on Lickman Road. The man escaped in a mini-van but was shot in the head while driving across the No. 3 Road Highway 1 overpass.
He stopped, wrapped his head in a shirt, called his girlfriend, went home and then to the hospital where he spent the night. The bullet found in the headliner of the Chrysler he was driving came from a gun later located at a residence where Robinson was arrested on July 2 and which had Robinson’s DNA on it.
The next day, more drama ensued as Olson was found in possession of a stolen vehicle near the Vedder Canal. He ended up in the water fleeing from a police dog that he fought off. He was arrested by the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team after being found hiding in the bushes.
Both Robinson and Olson face a minimum of four years in jail for the most serious offence, firing the gun at the third man. The criminal code calls for a minimum of five years if it was done with the use of a restricted or prohibited firearm, and a maximum of 14 years.