A Gravenhurst man who stuck a mock pistol through a McDonalds drive-thru window will have to wait until the end of May to find out his sentence.
Earlier today a Bracebridge court heard sentencing submissions for Jason McIntyre, 34, who pleaded guilty last November to armed robbery and several other charges.
The charges stemmed from an April 13, 2021 incident, wherein police responded to a call about a man with a firearm in the drive-thru of the McDonald’s in Gravenhurst.
As a result, McIntyre was arrested and charged with armed robbery, possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose and pointing a firearm.
Crown attorney Willow Petersen argued that McIntyre should be sentenced to 21 months in custody, less the time spent in pre-trial custody. She also asked for 18 months of probation, a 10-year weapons prohibition and that he be banned from the McDonalds in Gravenhurst and the Moose FM studio in Bracebridge, although the rationale behind the Moose FM ban was not laid out today in court.
Petersen said McIntyre had threatened the victim during the robbery, telling them they were going to pay and pointed the replica gun through the drive-thru window. The victim was 17 and working her first job at the time. In a victim impact statement she said she was terrified and the event had a lasting impact on her, court heard
Court also heard that McIntyre has a previous criminal record.
In 2015 Jason McIntyre a former host on a Christian radio station, pleaded guilty to several charges of sexual interaction with one 12 year-old and two 14 year-old boys. McIntyre pleaded guilty to two counts of inviting sexual touching of someone under 16, two counts of child pornography, one count of luring a child, and another two counts for breach of bail.
Also today defence attorney Robert Yasskin, countered that McIntyre should serve a total sentence of 18 months with the remaining six months being served under house arrest.
Yasskin said McIntyre suffers from multiple mental problems and was in the midst of a mental breakdown at the time of the incident. He cited the fact that upon arrest McIntyre claimed to be the “son of God” and made several references to numerology.
Yasskin said McIntyre’s prospects for rehabilitation are quite good.
McIntyre also addressed Justice Sarah Tarcza and expressed his remorse to the victim.
Tarcza said she would need time to consider her decision and would deliver her judgment on May 31.
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