Court Report

Crimes involving exes and alcohol dominate the docket

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
August 21, 2019
Judge G. W. Paul

Amy Louise Adams pled guilty to breach of probation.

Adams was on probation, the crown prosecutor said. She reported early on, but stopped in May.

As the court is familiar with Adam’s record, the crown didn’t print it.

Adams plans to enter rehab for alcohol addiction, which is her underlying problem, defense said.

“Things can only get better for you,” Judge Paul said. “Stop hanging out with the people you do. I don’t want to see you again. The other judges don’t want to see you again.”

Adams was fined $100. One day in lieu was covered by one day credit for coming to court.

Harlon Jared Auger (29) entered guilty pleas to 10 charges in seven instances. Charges were causing a disturbance, two counts of resisting a peace officer, failure to appear, four counts of failure to comply with conditions, and shoplifting under $5,000. Thirteen charges were withdrawn.

On February 21, 2019, Auger caused a disturbance by a liquor store in Slave Lake, the crown said. When police tried to handcuff him, he was drunk and resisted. Officers were able to handcuff him without forcing him to the ground. However, in the police car he became angry and aggressive. It took five officers to get him into a cell.

On March 27, Auger missed docket.

On April 15 in the very early morning, police received a report of a male sleeping in a bank, the crown said. Police found Auger sleeping there. He reeked of alcohol and couldn’t walk without leaning on the walls.

Police attempted to arrest him for public intoxication, the crown said. When officers tried to cuff him, he pulled away. The resistance escalated. He didn’t try to run off. Eventually, police had to force him to the ground and use their body weight to cuff him. He was on conditions not to drink.

On April 17, police investigated a missing wallet which was dropped outside a store, the crown said. They found Auger in the park, drinking although he was on conditions to abstain. With a little prompting, he handed over the wallet.

Ten days later, on April 27, police found Auger very drunk banging on the window of his mother’s house, the crown said. He wasn’t supposed to be there, because of his alcohol issues.

On May 8, while still on conditions, Auger was drunk, caused a disturbance in Citizen’s Park and had a fist fight with another individual, the crown said. Police found him in the park drinking, with poor balance, and smelling of alcohol.

Auger stole a bottle of rye from a liquor store on July 27, the crown said. Police found him drunk on the bear trails. Auger didn’t resist arrest.

Auger has a record, which started in 2015 and is growing with breaches and minor offenses, Judge Paul said.

“Mr. Auger obviously has a drinking problem,” the crown said. Over the summer, he tried twice to get into detox.

There are Gladue factors and Auger has a Grade 2 education, the defense said. Auger’s been sober for three weeks.

Auger received 40 days and a $200 fine. All sentences are consecutive unless otherwise stated. The sentence is to be served intermittently at the Slave Lake RCMP detachment.

Auger was sentenced to seven days each for resisting a peace officer. For causing a disturbance, he was sentenced to one day concurrent to the first count. For failure to comply, he received seven days (April 15), one day (April 17), and seven days (Apr. 27), concurrent with the second count of resisting a peace officer.

Auger received seven days for shoplifting under $5,000.

Auger received a fine of $200 for failure to appear. Two days in lieu were added to the sentence, with two days credit given for court appearances.

“Harlon, I know you haven’t been dealt the best hand in life,” Judge Paul said. “No doubt you are in this court for things that were not your problem, originally. However, the only person who can help you is you.”

A woman escaped a criminal conviction for two charges by entering into a 12-month peace bond.

The conditions were to complete 110 hours of community service and have no direct contact with the victim. Indirect contact via texting or email for the purposes of parenting are allowed and in person when their lawyers are present.

Mark Andrew Flierl entered guilty pleas to uttering threats and two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon in a motor vehicle.

Sentencing for these matters will be on September 11, with his other matters.

Chance Maurice Giroux (22) pled guilty to assault.

On December 29, 2019 in the early morning, there was a party at one of the hotels in Slave Lake, the crown said. Giroux’s ex-girlfriend was at the party. She walked out of the party with an off-duty RCMP officer in plain clothes.

As they left, Giroux assaulted the officer, the crown said. The unprovoked attack consisted of him pushing the victim and punching him. There were other off-duty officers present and Giroux was detained quickly. In the process of detaining him, a civilian not happy with what happened kicked Giroux in the face.

The person who kicked him was wearing high heels, the defense said. There was nothing to indicate that the man was a police officer.

“A sucker attack, which means without warning,” Judge Paul said. “It was ridiculous, to attack an off-duty RCMP officer at an RCMP party. Alcohol fueled is correct.”

No criminal record was presented in court.

“You show up as a first time offender, as far as I can see, since no record was given to me,” Judge Paul said.

Giroux received a three-month conditional sentence with conditions to keep the peace and report. He was ordered to donate $500 to Victim Services, once the donation was made he no longer needs to report. If he doesn’t break the law for one year after the end of the sentence, his record will be expunged.

Troy Walter Lukan (37) pled guilty to mischief damage.

On March 30, 2019, the complainant contacted the RCMP that a neighbour saw Lukan doing something to the tires on her car, the crown said. The complainant was Lukan’s ex. Lukan cut the valve stems on all four tires, which caused the tires to deflate.

The damage was inconvenient and highly inappropriate, the crown said, but not expensive to fix.

The crown recommended a conditional discharge and the defence recommended an absolute discharge.

Lukan has cancer and is looking at medical treatment in the US and Mexico, which a criminal record would make difficult, the defense said.

Lukan was sentenced to an absolute discharge and to enter into a six-month common law peace bond to have no contact with the victim.

The absolute discharge is “only on the basis of compassion,” Judge Paul said.

“An absolute discharge is the lowest-level adult sentence that an offender can get,” says, “a finding of guilt is made but no conviction is registered.”

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