May 3, 2017
Judge J.K Sihra
Douglas Wade Danyluk appeared in court via closed circuit television from Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) and pled guilty to one count of breaching probation. According to Provincial Crown Attorney Petter Hurich, Danyluk was put on an 18-month probationary period back in March 2016. One of the main conditions he was supposed to obey was not to consume any sort of alcoholic beverage.
Hurich said Danyluk’s sobriety or not getting caught) lasted 13 months.
“On April 26, 2017, Slave Lake RCMP responded to a complaint and through investigating found Mr. Danyluk passed out outside,” he said. “He had a hard time standing up, was slurring his words and smelt strongly of alcohol.”
Duty counsel Bruce Maunder chalked Danyluk’s breach to an addiction problem.
“His challenge is that he’s an alcoholic,” said Maunder.
Hurich suggested an extended stay at ERC when sentencing came out.
“I think somewhere in the 45-day range would be sufficient for a probation breach,” he said.
Maunder explained to the court that an extended period such as 45 days would put Danyluk’s newly secured employment at risk.
“He lives in Canyon Creek with his common-law spouse and has two grandchildren in his care,” he said.
Judge Sihra took that into consideration and ordered Danyluk to serve the remainder of his sentence (33 days) on weekends. Sihra also tacked on a six-month probationary period.