Petrolia man to serve another 40 days for crime spree

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Blake Ellis/Local Journalism Initiative

A 23 year-old Petrolia man will spend 40 more days in jail after pleading guilty to charges connected to a crime spree from December 2020 to February 2021.
Logan Hanlon pleaded guilty to four counts of assault, one count of theft, and two breaches of probation and received six months in jail in Sarnia court on April 1. He already served the majority of the sentence as he waited for the outcome of his plea.
Defence Lawyer Michelle Farquhar said her client has been addicted to methamphetamines since he was 15 or 16 years of age. He has been homeless for some time. And he’s been in and out of trouble with the law.
On Dec. 31, 2020, Hanlon punched a man in the right eye in the common area at the Inn of the Good Shepherd homeless shelter in Sarnia. Hanlon did not know the man and the altercation was unprovoked. He was kicked out of the shelter and was found by police on Indian Road. 
Eighteen days later, he was in Petrolia at the Circle K store. The clerk told Hanlon he was trespassing. Instead of leaving, Hanlon purchased a lighter and stole two more. He tried to intimidate the clerk and punched him in the eye. He was arrested in Petrolia a short time later and a knife was found in his pocket.
And then just over a month later, a homeowner confronted Hanlon who was on the front porch of his Sarnia home.
“I’m stealing stuff, I’m a meth head. Leave me alone, said Hanlon as the man chased him. Hanlon attempted to punch him but missed and instead was pushed into a snowbank.
Two days later, Hanlon again punched a clerk in the head at a Circle K, this time at the Exmouth Street location in Sarnia. 
Friday, Hanlon told Justice Deborah Austin he hopes to be accepted into an addictions program in London when he is released from jail. “It looks like I will be doing a lot better,” he said.
Austin called his behavior unacceptable, noting that all his assaults were unprovoked and involved innocent people.
Hanlon will be on probation 18 months.

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