Seven-year sentence in violent St. Thomas jewelry store heist


Having fled the bombs and bullets of war-torn Vietnam, Le Tran Ho could hardly have imagined, decades later, she would feel so threatened in what she assumed was her safe, permanent home.
Ho, the owner of B&L Jewellers, was assaulted in a violent robbery February 1 of last year when Wallace Piercey entered the First Avenue shop in St. Thomas and asked her to show him engagement rings. Ho remembered Piercey, who had visited the shop a week previous.

Continue reading

Absence of Gladue report stymies sentencing in violent St. Thomas robbery


Originally to be sentenced last September for a violent robbery at B&L Jewellers in St. Thomas, Wallace Piercey will now have to wait until at least May for sentencing.
Appearing Sept. 28 at the Elgin County Courthouse, Ontario Court Justice Michael O’Dea was advised by Piercey that his mother is Cherokee, a detail not revealed until that time.
That disclosure prompted the need for a Gladue report – a pre-sentencing or bail hearing report which contains recommendations to the court about what an appropriate sentence might be and includes information about an indigenous person’s background.

Continue reading