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Man charged in stabbing death at Orillia Tim Hortons pleads guilty to cocaine possession

Zachary Jones-Sheperd is one of four men facing charges following the stabbing death of Jordan Carter-Bonfield
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Police, fire and paramedics converged on the Westmount Drive Tim Hortons last July when the body of a man was found on a trail behind the eatery. Contributed photo

An Orillia man facing charges in relation to a stabbing death behind the Westmount Drive Tim Hortons last year dealt with a couple of the more than 10 charges he’s facing Tuesday.

Zachary Jones-Sheperd pleaded guilty in Orillia court to possessing one gram of cocaine after being arrested last July with the drug. He was later charged in relation to the July 30, 2018 death of 25-year-old Jordan Carter-Bonfield, with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Court heard Jones-Sheperd was coming out of a Neywash Street building on July 4 when he was stopped by a plainclothes police officer investigating a firearms incident.

He was arrested and told the officer he had a knife in his pocket.

But while retrieving the knife, the officer discovered the drug in the same pocket.

The joint sentencing recommendation asked for a $250 fine and forfeiture of the knife following the guilty plea.

“He knows that in spite of it being a joint position he will be in your honour’s hands,” defence attorney Eginhart Ehlers told Justice Stacey Nichols, who agreed with the recommendation.

Besides Jones-Sheperd, 44-year-old Donnie Johnson and 33-year-old Miles Mathias, both from Orillia, are also charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence in connection with the stabbing death, while 20-year-old Andrew Franklin is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

A 17-year-old boy, whose name is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, also remains in police custody.