The former William Shrubsall gets another 6 years in prison

Jul 30, 2020

The man once known as William Shrubsall might spend the rest of his life behind bars, whether prison or civil confinement. Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch sentenced the man now known as Ethan Simon Templar MacLeod to six more years in prison Wednesday for bail jumping.

MacLeod is already serving up to seven years for sexual abuse. He came to public notice more than 30 years ago when he beat his mother to death with a baseball bat the night before he was to deliver the valedictorian address at his LaSalle High School. But then crimes in Canada meant he has spent most of his adult life in prison.

William Shrubsall (r) seen at a court hearing in 2019.
Credit File Photo / WBFO News

Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said she will work with the State Attorney General's Office to make sure that when his sentences are finished, he is locked up in civil confinement because he is a danger to the community.

"We at the District Attorney's office asked for the maximum sentence," she said. "We were not going to afford Mr. Shrubsall any plea in this case. We were always prepared to go forward and try this case, if necessary, to hold him accountable to the maximum extent possible."

Kloch made the sentence consecutive so that after MacLeod finishes the current maximum seven-year sentence, he will start the bail jumping sentence imposed Thursday.

"There are certain cases that really, certainly from the District Attorney's office perspective, that really stand above most and this is one of those cases for certain," Wojtaszek said.