“Downward spiral”: meth-related crimes prevalent
May 1, 2019
Judge G. W. Paul
Jordan W. Courtoreille appeared via closed circuit video for sentencing for the January 23, 2019 trial where he was found guilty of robbery and possession of a prohibited device.
The prosecutor submitted Courtoreille’s criminal record, the presentence report, and Gladue report. The crime was a straight-up mugging, the prosecutor said, which requires 12 to 18 months. Aggravating factors were the use of a weapon, a group ganging up on an individual, and a previous criminal record for property crime.
The defence brought forward the Gladue report as mitigating factors.
“Well, I know the facts,” Judge Paul said. “Particularly horrible mugging in my view.”
Referring to the victim, another homeless man at the time of the mugging, Judge Paul said, “I’m here to tell you, he did not deserve what happened. He didn’t deserve what you did to him.”
For robbery, Courtoreille was sentenced to 14 months (425 days) with 306 days credit, so 119 left to serve, and a 10-year prohibition from possessing some weapons, and a lifetime prohibition from possessing prohibited weapons, and was required to submit DNA.
For possession of a prohibited device, Courtoreille was sentenced to 19 days concurrent.
“Mr. Courtoreille, you still have family support,” Judge Paul said. “You shouldn’t let them down again.”
Appearing via closed circuit video from Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre, Ryan Thomas Dean (38) pled guilty to theft over $5,000 and failure to appear.
On January 7, 2019, police investigated a break in at an oil lease, the prosecutor said. A metal bar had been cut and property of over $5,000 was stolen including: a battery-powered chain saw, some batteries, jerrycans full of fuel, a welding helmet, and a cellular camera.
Police were able to trace GPS in a 12-volt battery to Acme Scrap Iron. On video surveillance, they saw a male selling the battery. The male left driving a truck, which matched the surveillance from the lease.
Police identified Dean with an accomplice.
A record was admitted, which included nine similar convictions. Defence mentioned Dean’s struggle with substance abuse and his interest in entering treatment.
“Court judges, like me, can learn a lot from reading a record,” Judge Paul said. He noted the gap where Dean wasn’t breaking the law, which Dean confirmed was in a period when he wasn’t using.
Dean was sentenced to 90 days, for theft, less credit for 82 days, so he had eight days remaining. He was fined $200 for failure to appear.
Justin David James (34) appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre to plead guilty to various weapons charges, breach of condition, resisting a peace officer, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
The charges were from two counts with lots of sub-counts, the prosecutor said.
On August 13, 2018, police searched his home. James was under prohibition from possessing weapons. The police found various weapons, including, in the living room, a safe with 99 mm rounds, a loaded 22 under the couch, crossbow and arrows, brass knuckles, a double edged axe, and a sword. They found a sawed-off rifle. In the bedroom, they found a loaded bolt action rifle, under the bed, and a small bag of 0.97 grams of meth. They also found a semi-automatic gun magazine which had been converted to hold 17 bullets. Police seized around $850 cash.
From this instance, James pled guilty to one count of knowing possession of an illegal weapon, three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, one count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, three counts of careless storage of a firearm, three counts of possession contrary to order, and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the prosecutor, James secured bail on these charges with the unusual condition that he not associate with anyone with a criminal record.
On February 21, 2019, police received a complaint of a possible break and enter. Upon investigation they found, James and two others in the building. James claimed to have permission to be there. One of the others had a criminal record.
Police informed James he was under arrest for breach of conditions.
James became upset.
When told to put his hands behind his back, James started screaming “No” and jumped into the driver’s seat of his vehicle, the prosecutor said. He clipped an officer in the face with the door drawing blood.
The officer was between the door and the vehicle. The police were concerned for the safety of the officer if James drove off, so they physically restrained him and forced compliance.
A collapsible baton with a bolt attached at the end was found in his possession and 0.67 grams of meth, the prosecutor said.
For the first group of weapons charges, James was sentenced to a total of 12 months (365 days), and given credit for 207 days with 183 days left to serve. He was banned from possessing legal weapons for 10 years and prohibited weapons for life. James was required to submit DNA.
For breach of condition, James was fined $200. For resisting a peace officer and carrying a concealed weapon, he was sentenced to one month in prison each, consecutive to each other, but concurrent to the first sentence.
For possession of meth, he was fined $1,000 for each of the two charges. The meth and weapons were forfeited to the crown. The cash will be returned.
Judge Paul described James as “the poster boy for the downward spiral of cocaine and meth.”
Gerald Dale Barore (24) pled guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, fraud under $5,000, breach of undertaking, breach of probation, failure to comply with a probation order, possession of stolen property, and three counts of failure to appear.
On July 12, 2018, Barore entered Slave Lake Canadian Tire and took a drill off the shelf, the prosecutor said. He returned it at customer service claiming to have lost the receipt. The drill cost around $250. He tried to do it again with another item. The clerk became suspicious and called the police.
Police arrested him and found 0.1 gram of meth on his person.
On August 14, 2018, police received a complaint that Barore had stolen property from a changing room locker. The value of the items was around $200. It included an iPhone, cash, and clothes. Barore was arrested.
On August 24, he failed to attend court. He came into contact with police and admitted smoking meth even though he was under conditions not to. He failed to attend court on two other occasions. He also failed to report on probation for a 2018 conviction.
In March 2019, while conducting patrols, police arrested him on an outstanding warrant. They found a small amount of meth in his jacket pocket, even though he was on conditions to abstain.
Barore was sentenced to 42 days and $1,000 in fines for the combination of all offenses. The largest part of the jail time was 28 days for the probation violation. The largest fine was $300 for fraud.
“Mr. Barore, you’re not a stupid man,” Judge Paul said. “Why don’t you go get a good job, or get the training. Use your time in there (prison) productively and make a plan for yourself when you get out.”
Michael R. Quintal (27) was sentenced for failure to appear, breach of a peace bond and breach of recognizance.
Quintal’s record was admitted, but not read out. The particulars of the case were alluded to, but not presented in detail.
Two individuals with a child who do not do well together, the prosecutor described Quintal and the complainant. Quintal was under peace bond and recognizance to have no contact with the complainant.
Judge Paul acknowledged that the breaches were with the full cooperation of the complainant, but were still breaches.
“Fine is fit and appropriate,” Judge Paul said.
Quintal was fined $300 for each breach and $300 for failure to appear for a total of $900.