Shooting suspect pleads guilty to killing dog in Chatham

Terry St. Hill wanted for attempt murder by Chatham-Kent Police Service. (Photo courtesy of CKPS)

A man initially charged with attempted murder in Chatham has pleaded guilty to killing a dog during a shooting in Chatham almost 16 months ago.

Terry St. Hill, 20, was in Chatham court on Tuesday to enter the plea.  He has not yet entered a plea on other charges, including discharging a firearm with the intent to endanger life.

St. Hill remains in custody at a maximum security correctional facility in Penetanguishene while he waits for his next court date of May 31, 2022. That’s when it’s expected a date will be set for the formal reading of the agreed facts of the case and to set a date for sentencing. The agreed facts are still being finalized by the defence and the prosecution. Witness impact statements are also expected at that time.

St. Hill is one of five people accused of attempting to murder three men from Chatham on Harvey Street in Chatham on January 26, 2021.

Two other suspects in the shooting, 20-year-old Rylie Dejonge-Vandusen of London and 19-year-old Brianna Gardiner of Cambridge, will also be in court on May 31, 2022 to have their charges dealt with.

Another suspect, now 18, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is still in custody. A different 18-year-old male from Cambridge, whose name is also protected by law because he is a minor, has been out on bail for about 15 months.

Two of the male victims were wounded and were taken to the hospital for medical attention with non-life-threatening injuries. A third man was also shot at but was not wounded. A dog was shot and killed during the incident.

Police called it a targeted shooting.

There are publication bans in place preventing more information from being made public and to protect the identity of the victims.