The man who used a sawed off shot gun to attempt a car jacking will spend 16 more months in jail

Car jacker gets 16 months

“I really wish you good luck with your future, and I hope you’re never back before the court again,” Judge Michelle Daneliuk told Joel Jeremy Shawn Mclean in Penticton court on Friday.  

Mclean has officially been sentenced for his crime spree in Penticton in 2019 to 1080 days in prison.

Accounting for time served, he now has 483 days remaining, equalling out to just over 16 months left in jail.

He had pleaded guilty to theft of $5,000 or under, two counts of assault with a weapon and possessing weapons for dangerous purposes.

RCMP responded to an alarm going off at Trout Creek Auto Sales in Summerland around 5:15 a.m, on June 30, 2019. A 2002 PT Cruiser had been stolen from the scene with Mclean behind the wheel.

Then Mclean pulled into the Shell gas station off Fairview Road  in Penticton, where he pointed a sawed off shotgun at Meredith Schuurman in her vehicle. 

Another victim was present and stepped out of his car to help. Mclean decided to flee the scene, heading north on Highway 97 up to Summerland going 150 kilometres an hour. 

Police had set up a spike belt, which Mclean avoided by swerving into oncoming traffic. 

Later authorities located Mclean and a female passenger in a rural area near Summerland. He was arrested and has remained in jail since the offence. 

Mclean's heavy criminal past was largely due to his drug use, according to his lawyer. His previous incarcerations stem back to 2014 and his crimes were often repeat offences. 

Daneliuk took into consideration his past, victim statements and his continued decisions to breach parole in her decision. But she also recognized his efforts to be completely clean over the past year and sincerity in his remorse for his actions, as well as apology to the victims.

It was noted that in Schuurman’s victim statement, she still deals with a "significant effect on her phycological well being."

Upon release, Mclean will have 18 months of probation, with conditions involving carrying out methadone treatment plans and consenting to any further drug rehabilitation programs. 

“What you do with the rest of your life is really in your own hands,” Daneliuk finished. 

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