Accused in Yorkville shooting has lengthy criminal history
Grayson Delong, 51, is facing numerous charges in Tuesday’s shooting of criminal defence lawyer Randall Barrs.
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A man accused of disguising himself as a construction worker and shooting a lawyer outside his office on Tuesday afternoon will seek bail next week, a Toronto court heard Thursday.
Grayson Delong, 51, faces 15 charges related to the shooting on Bedford Rd. in the Annex including attempted murder, disguise with intent and several firearms related offences. Additional charges may be laid related to the violation of the bail conditions he was under for an unrelated break and enter charge in Peel Region, Crown prosecutor Nancy Krigas told the court. A “reverse onus” bail hearing is scheduled for Monday, where Delong would have to convince a justice of the peace that he should not remain in custody.
Delong remained in the hospital Thursday recovering from injuries sustained when he was shot by an undercover Halton Regional Police officer moments after he allegedly shot lawyer Jason Randall Barrs in the leg. Barrs has been discharged from the hospital.
The Halton officer was part of a team conducting surveillance on Delong as part of a break-and-enter investigation, the Brampton Guardian reports.
The Special Investigations Unit, which probes cases of serious injury or death involving police, is investigating the police shooting.
The connection between Delong and Barrs remains unclear.
Sources within the legal community have said Barrs has never represented Delong and does not know him. Court records show Delong had been represented by various different GTA lawyers, but not Barrs.
Court records show Delong has a lengthy criminal history across the GTA and Sarnia dating back at least two decades. He has amassed more than 60 convictions including property crimes, assaults, assaulting a police officer, break-and-enters and failure to comply with conditions.
He was sentenced to two months in jail in 2006 for cruelty to animals.
The Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and sentence in that case where a judge found Delong choked a dog.
Delong was given a 10-year weapon prohibition and ordered to serve 60 consecutive days in jail for assault causing bodily harm in 2001. In 2012, he was sent to jail for 15 months and was ordered to pay $20,786.75 restitution for three counts of break-and-enter.
Delong’s criminal record may extend back to 1987.
According to the Toronto Star archives, a man of the same name and age as Delong was convicted of assaulting a police officer, assault with a weapon and mischief in 1987.
With files from the Brampton Guardian
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