Sooke man pleads guilty to various charges

Investigation ongoing into suspicious death of Michael James McCormick's mother

Michael James McCormick of Sooke will remain in custody and serve an additional 63 days.

The sentence, handed down in Western Communities Provincial Court in Colwood on Thursday, followed his guilty plea for one count of uttering threats, one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and two counts of breach of probation.

McCormick, 36, was arrested on July 20 for uttering threats, the same day RCMP discovered the body of his mother, Pamella Dyer, in her home on the 2200 block of French Rd. in Sooke. Her death has been ruled as suspicious and is still under investigation.

McCormick has been on probation for previous convictions since Aug. 15, 2013. Since then, he has been convicted on six separate charges – including this week’s result – for assault, breach of probation, uttering threats and failure to keep the peace.

Crown counsel Steve Salmond recommended a sentence of 90 days for the threats uttered and 30 days for the breach of probation, to “reflect the seriousness of (McCormick’s) criminal history.”

Defence lawyer Tom Morino made reference to McCormick’s history of substance abuse and mental health issues. He recommended McCormick receive credit for time served, in part so that he could attend his mother’s service on Friday (Aug. 8). McCormick had been in custody for 18 days prior to today’s hearing.

Judge Anthony Palmer agreed with Crown and sentenced McCormick to 90 days for the uttered threats, and 30 days for breach of probation, to be served concurrently.

McCormick was given credit for time served and will remain in jail for 63 days. He is banned from owning any firearms, explosive devices or other weapons for 10 years and Palmer recommended that he provide a sample for the national DNA registry.

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Pedestrian in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck in View Royal

Incident closed Island Highway for several hours Wednesday night

Tenants sought for Metchosin elementary school

Cushman Wakefield Ltd. Victoria will be responsible for leasing the space

Colwood implements first traffic calming policy

Policy dictates types of roads traffic calming measures can be installed on

Victoria a hot spot for millennials: new study

City ranks No. 2 for generation of Canadians seeking work-life balance

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Toronto man charged in double homicide

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Comox cannabis lab takes step forward towards reality

A former Comox Valley resident and current adjunct botany professor at UBC… Continue reading

Carpet bowlers have been excluded from BC 55+ Games and Canada 55+ Games

Gold medal carpet bowling winners not able to defend their titles in 2018

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Fines and extra patrols not happening at this time as ban begins Monday

UPDATE: Police launch website for unsolved murder of 13-year old B.C. girl

IHIT say no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Marrisa Shen’s death

Rural B.C. students score visit with Canadiens netminder Carey Price

Two students from the Caiboo Chilcotin can hardly wait to meet hometown hero Carey Price in Montreal.

VIDEO: Elk parade on Vancouver Island is awesome sight

They’re out in force for a morning stroll. Check out some of Youbou’s famous elk.

North Delta’s Colton Hasebe named BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2018 Champion Child

Colton takes the reins from 2107 Champion Child and Tsawwassen resident Taylin McGill

Most Read