Jail won't help Leo Crockwell, family says

Friends and relatives say jail is not the right place for a Bay Bulls man convicted of five charges, including reckless use of a firearm.

Bay Bulls man convicted on five charges Friday

A jury has found Leo Crockwell guilty of five of the six charges that they were asked to consider.

Friends and relatives of Leo Crockwell say jail is not the right place for him.

The Bay Bulls man was convicted Friday on five charges, including reckless use of a firearm.

Crockwell, who escaped after a week-long standoff with police in December 2010, is facing a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Donna Glynn, Crockwell's first cousin, said she and others in the family were very disappointed when they heard the jury’s verdict.

"I know there is no harm to the man, but his distrust of the authorities has really changed who he is," she said.

"I don't know if Leo will ever realize that he has issues and he needs help. But until he does, I can't see any good side to this. Jail is not going to help Leo in any way shape or form."

The jury of seven women and four men found Crockwell not guilty of threatening his sister, but guilty of five other charges, including assaulting his sister with a weapon.

He was also found guilty of mischief and three weapons-related offences connected to shots he fired from the family home in Bay Bulls.

Glynn also said she believes police should have handled the situation differently.

"Things were just blew way out of proportion."

Many people in Bay Bulls feel sympathy for Crockwell and his family.

"It's just sad, sad for the community, sad for Leo, sad for the family," said Sharon Driscoll, who lives directly behind the Crockwell home in Bay Bulls.

Crockwell is expected to be sentenced later this month.