Crime ring member with Cumberland County connections pleads guilty

Colin MacLean
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TRURO: One of the key members in a former Colchester County-based organized crime ring was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a federal institution on Thursday.
Sheldon Lloyd Fletcher, 24, of Bass River, pleaded guilty to five counts of break and enter and one count of wearing a mask with intent to commit an indictable offence. He was also convicted of failure to attend court and driving while disqualified.
Fletcher was one of three members of the Hill Group who received various levels of punishment for their part in a crime spree that involved more than 100 thefts across four counties, some stemming from as far back as 2006.
"These crimes did cause substantial loss and grief to a lot of business (and people)," said crown prosecutor Bob Hagell.
He outlined a string of thefts Fletcher took part in along with other individuals, who broke into numerous businesses, homes and cottages in Colchester County. During one of those instances they stole $9,000 from a store safe.
Judge John MacDougall also took Fletcher's long criminal record into consideration when handing down his sentence.
"The record, together with not only the number of offences but also seriousness of taking $9,000 during the break and enter would suggest a lengthy period of incarceration," said MacDougall.
Co-offenders Darlene Margaret Johnson, 51, of Brookfield, and her daughter Kimberly Betty Hill, 28, of Bible Hill, were sentenced to two years of probation and two years of house arrest, respectively.
Hill pleaded guilty to five counts of
possession of stolen property, specifically money.
At the time she received the money she was fully aware it was obtained through crime, said Hagell.
"She received her share of this money, it was used for the family and for her purposes," he said.
Hill is the common-law wife of Michael Todd Fink, 29, of 180 Pleasant Brook Rd., who is serving four years in prison for his involvement with the Hill Group.
Johnson, who was described in court as "one step removed from the crime," pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of stolen property.

Organizations: Hill Group

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Colchester County, Bass River Bible Hill Pleasant Brook

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