Appearing in Courtroom 102 before His Honour Gary Kunnas is 22-year old STEVEN FRANCIS LESPERANCE. He’s going to plead guilty to possession of stolen property and breach of probation. He’s about 5’7” tall and skinny wearing baggy black and white track pants with a black jacket. His earlobes have been deformed by installing large hoops.


Admitted facts before the court are that on November 10, 2017, a patron entered Big Ed’s Pawn Shop on Algoma St and spotted his stolen Dewalt saw. The saw had his name written on it (faded) with black marker. Thunder Bay Police are called to investigate.

Court hears that the saw and other tools were stolen from a job site in Nipigon on May 26, 2017. On July 19, 2017, Steven LESPERANCE arrived at a pawn shop to pawn the saw and identified himself with his Indian Status Card.

He received 30$ for the saw. He’s also breaching his probation.

He has a criminal record of sexual offences and is supposed to be participating in the Northern Ontario Sexual Behaviour Program and the Substance Abuse Program as part of his probation.


The original owner has his saw back but Big Ed’s Pawn Shop is out 30$.

Gladue factors are that LESPERANCE is originally from Edmonton and his parents attended residential school. He transferred his Indian Status to the Lake Helen Indian Reserve 53A when he was young. Claims to have FASD. He’s not employed.

Joint submission is for 3-month Conditional Sentence Order (house arrest) at his rooming house home at the 200 block of River Street with 10 pm to 7 am curfew. He has to continue participating in the Sexual Behaviour and Substance Abuse Programs. He’s also ordered to pay 30$ restitution and a 200$ victim surcharge fine.


From The Desk of Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition