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The second man charged in the March 3 slaying of 17-year-old Jaime Adao, who was stabbed to death during a meth-fuelled home invasion, has a lengthy criminal history that includes violent robberies and a pattern of breaching court orders.
Geordie James, 34, was charged with manslaughter on April 24. His record, which dates back to when he was a teenager, includes at least eight convictions for theft, robbery or break and enter, as well as eight convictions for assault and four weapons offences.
Parole Board of Canada documents obtained by the Free Press show authorities have long considered James a high risk to reoffend.
"You have shown that you do not abide by conditions of release while under community supervision and when you are in the community you are at an elevated risk of reoffending with violence," reads one parole board decision.
Before and after the Adao homicide, James is alleged to have carried out a crime spree consisting of theft, robbery and break and enter, for which he was charged with two weapons offences.
By the time Winnipeg police homicide investigators laid the manslaughter charge against him for the slaying of Adao, he was in custody at the Headingley Correctional Centre.
On March 16, Ronald Chubb, 29, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the case. The fatal attack on Adao ended when police officers arrived at his McGee Street home and opened fire on Chubb, police said.
The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba is investigating the shooting. Police had not said they were looking for a second suspect after Chubb was charged.
James received a 25-month prison sentence for a September 2011 robbery, which was one of his most serious past offences.
"You and your accomplices approached your elderly male victim demanding cash and cigarettes. You struck your victim with a rock inside of a sock before stealing four cans of beer and leaving him lying in a pool of blood," a parole board document said.
"A police report on file indicates that you assaulted a second victim in the same manner approximately 10 minutes later."
James has a history of alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues. The documents obtained by the Free Press indicate he’s hurt children.
"(You have a) history of serious violence towards children when in a relationship with an adult female, therefore it is imperative that you immediately report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females to your parole supervisor," the report said.
Each time James was granted a statutory release during his federal prison sentence, he went unlawfully at large. On the second time, he was charged with committing violent robberies.
"You absconded and were violent within days of being released on statutory release. You also returned to substance abuse and your behaviour indicates that you are comfortable resorting to violence to meet your needs," the report said.
"You admit assaulting one victim unprovoked and tried to rob two others with a knife but were unsuccessful."
James has nine pending criminal charges, including the manslaughter charge for the Adao slaying. The allegations against him have not been proven in court.
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