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A 32-year-old man is going to jail for threatening to beat up a police officer and defile his daughter while in the back of a police car after he was arrested for being impaired.
Virgil Glen Shingoose pleaded guilty to several charges in Brandon provincial court Monday morning, netting a 60-day jail sentence and two-year driving ban.
After being arrested on April 6, 2013, for refusing a breathalyzer, Shingoose told the officer he was hiding behind his badge and "See you on the street, I kick the shit out of you," according to Crown attorney Deidre Badcock.
Then, he told the officer, whom he knows and has greeted in passing at Ebb and Flow First Nation, "Just wait until your daughter gets old enough, I’ll fuck the shit out of her," Badcock told Judge Donovan Dvorak. "Those are direct quotes."
The whole incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m., when a police officer observed a green Pontiac Sunfire parked at a gas station with its lights on.
After running the plates, the officer noticed Shingoose sleeping in the driver’s seat with a beer bottle between his legs and another three empty bottles on the passenger’s seat.
Initially, Shingoose was co-operative and agreed to a breath sample, but once in the back of the police cruiser he changed his tune and refused.
The officer noted a strong smell of alcohol and blood-shot eyes.
Shingoose told the officer "Charge me," Badcock said.
"What we have here is an individual who really is the author of his own misfortune," she told the judge. "He really made the situation much worse for himself."
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said his client made a bad decision while under the influence of alcohol and that he feels remorse for disrespecting the officer.
Shingoose grew up around alcohol abuse and was exposed to violence and poverty as a child, according to Harrison.
For his part, Shingoose said he was "sorry" in court and that he wants to get help for his alcohol problem.
After apologizing, Dvorak told Shingoose, who has three young children, that he’s not doing them any favours by spending extensive time in jail.
"It’s, in my view, a very serious matter and something that has to sound a penalty that both denounces and deters that type of conduct," Dvorak said about the threats Shingoose made.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 29, 2014