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‘Real and present danger’: Nova Scotia crime figure deemed dangerous offender

Jimmy Melvin Jr. covers his face as he is led into court in 2015. Cory McGraw/Global News

One of the most notorious crime figures in Nova Scotia has been declared a dangerous offender.

Jimmy Melvin Jr. was handed an indeterminate sentence today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, where the presiding judge described him as a “real and present danger” to the public.

In a written decision, Justice Peter Rosinski noted that the Crown had highlighted 23 violent crimes committed by Melvin, starting in 1995 when he was 15 years old.

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The Crown argued that for the next 25 years, Melvin had engaged in a pattern of threatening and violent behaviour, which included numerous assaults involving pool cues, hockey sticks, baseball bats and his fists.

The 38-year-old offender has been serving time since July 2015, when he was arrested for the attempted murder of rival gangster Terry Marriott Jr. on Dec. 2, 2008

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On Oct. 5, 2017, Melvin was convicted on that charge and on conspiracy to commit murder, and the Crown later applied to have him designated a dangerous offender.

An indeterminate sentence doesn’t have an end date; the Parole Board of Canada reviews the sentence after seven years and then every two years after that.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan.18, 2021.

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