Court Report

A mixed bag of cases; result in jail time or large fines

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
May 22, 2019
Judge G. W. Paul

Leslie Bill Smolley (40) appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre to plead guilty to theft over $5,000.
On April 7, 2018, Smolley rented a flat bed trailer valued at $10,891. He did not return the trailer, said the crown prosecutor.
On June 14, 2018, the trailer was reported as stolen.
Smolley was arrested, said the prosecutor.
Smolley’s record was admitted. Most of it dated to 2008, and picked back up in 2018.
The crown prosecutor described it as a terrible record when it comes to property crime.
The defence noted that Smolley had fallen on hard times and leaned on the “crutch of crystal meth.”
“It is a terrible drug and it ruins lives,” Judge Paul said.
Smolley was sentenced to 120 days.

Appearing via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre, Jayden C. Vanstone (20) pled guilty to assault, shoplifting under $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order.
On April 22, 2019, Vanstone entered a convenience store in Slave Lake. He took a Monster Energy drink out of the fridge. He attempted to leave without paying.
He was known to the clerk, who suspected him of shoplifting before, said the crown prosecutor.
The clerk confronted Vanstone. Vanstone elbowed the clerk in the face and verbally threatened him.
Vanstone was on probation for an assault charge at the time.
Vanstone’s record was admitted. His first conviction was March 1, 2019. This is Vanstone’s third conviction for assault, all within the last few months.
Defence mentioned that Vanstone has a drug problem with methamphetamine.
“This record tells me that meth has grabbed you,” Judge Paul said. “You are creating a tragedy for yourself and others.”
Vanstone was sentenced to 90 days for assault, and 30 days each for shoplifting and violating his probation to be served concurrent. He was given 44 days credit for time spent in prison.
“If you assault someone else,” Judge Paul said. “It won’t be 90 days. It’ll be longer than that.”

Tiffany L. Okemow (30) pled guilty to drunk driving.
While on a routine patrol, police responded to a complaint of impaired driving. Police pulled Okemow over. She failed a breath test and blew 0.17, over twice the legal limit, the prosecutor said.
Okemow was fined the mandatory minimum of $2,000 and one-year driving prohibition. She is eligible to apply for Interlock.

At trial, Ted Kerry Williams changed his plea from not guilty to guilty to the charge of failure to comply with a probation order.
Last summer, Williams was released on probation. On August 27, 2018, he signed an acknowledgement of probation and received a reporting schedule.
He did not appear for his next meeting on September 20. By November 2, he had not contacted his parole officer. The parole officer informed the police, the crown prosecutor said.
“Totally slipped my mind,” Williams said, in his defence. Also, that he recognizes he has a drinking problem and is attending AA meetings.
Williams has one prior breach of probation from 2013.
Williams was sentenced to seven days in jail to be served concurrent with his prior convictions.
“You get charged again,” Judge Paul said. “You already have a seven-day conviction. You will probably get more. Better yet, don’t get in trouble.”

Under the Traffic Safety Act, Dustin Leo Jackson pled guilty to driving without insurance.
Jackson was fined $2,875, the prescribed penalty.

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