Appearing handcuffed before Judge Dino DiGiuseppe this afternoon, Monday, March 19, 2018, to plead guilty and be sentenced are 46 years old Eric Thomas Lindstrom of Thunder Bay and 30-year-old Paul Townsend from Oshawa. Both men have criminal records.
In 2012, Lindstrom was sent to prison for ten years after being convicted of the 2009 homicide of thirty-six-year-old Richard Ouiment. He was released early after receiving a 2:1 ratio for presentence time in jail. On November 16, 2017 Lindstrom was sentenced to 1 year in jail for several other outstanding charges, mostly breaches of court orders.
Karen Scullion represents Paul Townsend and Leon Nicol represents Eric Lindstrom. Crown Attorney is Emily Delaney.
Thunder Bay Police received information the morning of October 4, 2017, that a male had been abducted in the city’s south side.
Subsequent investigation led to an arrest on Victoria Avenue East outside of Victoriaville Mall at approximately 3:00 p.m. the same day.
The twenty-eight-year-old male victim (sources indicate the victim is a drug mule who is from southern Ontario) was assaulted by Lindstrom and Townsend. The victim received a cut on the forehead and swollen eye.
ERIC LINDSTROM is sentenced on the assault charge to 90 days consecutive (on top of his current 1 year) and 30 days concurrent on one breach of probation charge. All remaining charges are dropped. He also receives 12 months probation with order not to contact the victim, a DNA order and a weapons ban. Lindstrom is taken out of court by police to go finish serving his sentence plus the new additional 90 days. He’ll most likely get early release in mid-August 2018
PAUL TOWNSEND is sentenced to 90 days on the assault charge( he’s been given 90 days credit for 60 days presentence custody) and 30 days concurrent on a breach of probation charge. He also receives 12 months probation with order not to contact the victim, a DNA order and a weapons ban. He’s released on time served. Townsend has his handcuffs removed and he walks out of court a free man.
Both men ordered to pay 200$ victim surcharge fine.
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