Accused in Campbell Creek break-ins could spend up to 12 years behind bars

By Ashley Legassic
October 12, 2018 - 2:07pm Updated: October 12, 2018 - 3:33pm

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man could spend up to 12 years behind bars for two violent break and enters in the Campbell Creek area last November.

John Andrew Carlton Stark pleaded guilty to a number of charges in Kamloops Supreme Court Friday, Oct. 12. 

Kamloops administrative Crown counsel and prosecutor for the case, Sarah Firestone, says Stark pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated assault, and break and enter and committing theft in connection to the first home he broke into on Nov. 20, 2017. He also admitted to the second home invasion, in which he was charged with break and enter and committing aggravated assault against that homeowner.

Other charges included using a firearm in the commission of an offence and possessing a loaded or unloaded prohibited or restricted firearm.

Firestone says Crown is asking for a prison sentence of 10 to 12 years for the offences, and Stark's defence lawyer Don Campbell is asking for a seven- to nine-year sentence.

Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman has reserved his decision until Nov. 2.

Stark was arrested after the break-ins, and police said at the time that the incident began when a homeowner was returning to his residence and found an unknown man inside. A struggle ensued and the homeowner received serious injuries including lacerations to his head, police said.

Stark then fled and broke into another nearby house. The homeowner was again inside this house, and there was another physical confrontation in which the homeowner suffered stab wounds. After that break-in, police said an off-duty officer noticed the suspect and chased him to a third home where he climbed into a vehicle. The officer kept the suspect contained until officers arrived on scene.

Stark was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder, but those were downgraded to the aggravated assault charges.

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