Court Report

Three first-time-offenders, one convicted of 7 crimes

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
November 20, 2019
Judge G.W. Paul

Lucas Jeremy Laboucan (22) appeared via closed circuit video from Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre to plead guilty to seven counts.

Laboucan had no record.

On October 16, 2018, Laboucan stole a 48 ounce bottle of vodka, said the crown prosecutor. Upon his arrest, Laboucan admitted taking the alcohol.

Laboucan pled guilty to theft under $5,000.

On November 19, 2018, Laboucan went into a Slave Lake store, said the crown. He took a pair of black sweatpants into the change room. He put them on under his other pants and tried to walk out of the store. A person working at the store caught him. When the police arrived, he was generally cooperative.

Laboucan pled guilty to theft under $5,000.

On December 15, 2018, Laboucan was intoxicated with drugs and alcohol, said the crown. A person wouldn’t allow him into their apartment. Laboucan was upset and pulled the fire alarm. There was no fire.

Laboucan pled guilty to false alarm of a fire.

On January 25, 2019, Laboucan and a group of males swarmed and beat up one man, said the crown. One of the attackers, not Laboucan had a bat. Laboucan kicked the victim, who ended up with a broken leg. During the attack, Laboucan yelled, ‘bring blood, bring blood.’

The crown, defence and judge read several victim impact statements from the victim and witnesses.

The witnesses were related to the victim and saw the whole thing, Judge Paul said.

“You are a coward,” Judge Paul said to Laboucan. “You participated with others to beat up one man.” By yelling, Laboucan incited the others, Judge Paul continued.

Laboucan pled guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

On February 19, Laboucan stole a 26 ounce bottle of whiskey.

Laboucan pled guilty to shoplifting under $5,000.

On two occasions, Laboucan missed court. He pled guilty to two counts of failure to appear.

Laboucan struggles with drugs and alcohol, said the defence.

Judge Paul said, Laboucan wasn’t really a first-time-offender. He was a “seventh-time-offender”.

For assault causing bodily harm, Laboucan was sentenced to 30 days, 12 months probation, and ordered to submit DNA. The probation conditions include: taking treatment as directed, no weapons, edged or otherwise, no contact with the victim, no alcohol, etc.

Laboucan was fined $200 for the first theft under $5,000 and $300 for the second. He received a $300 fine for false alarm of offencesre. For shoplifting under $5,000, he was fined $400. For the failure to appear, he was fined $100 for the first and $200 for the second.

The total of all fines was $1,500.

Laboucan had well over 30 days credit. Judge Paul applied 30 days to the assault, but none to the fines. Time to pay was given until May 27. 2020. Having no days left to serve, Laboucan started his 12 months probation.

Note: Laboucan is the second person convicted for the January 25 assault. Tristan W. Laderoute was convicted on Aug. 6, 2019. The third and final co-accused’s trial is set.

Appearing via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre, Matthew William Perry (24) pled guilty to 10 counts.

On June 17, 2019, police were called to a vehicle storage area, said the crown. The employees had trapped Perry inside by locking the gate. They witnessed him throw away a knife and car keys.

Police arrested Perry, said the crown. They found the knife and keys, which were for a stolen vehicle. It was in the lot. Perry was under conditions.

Perry pled guilty to possession of stolen property, breach of conditions, and mischief interference with the lawful running of property.

On or before June 29, there was a break and enter at a residence, said the crown. Several items were taken. The police received a report of a stolen credit card used at a store. The police recognized Perry from security footage.

Perry pled guilty to possession of stolen property.

On July 6, police were dispatched to a complaint of an intoxicated male, said the crown. They found Perry on the bear trails. He appeared to be intoxicated with drugs. His body jerked and he was unable to remain still. Police charged him with public intoxication. The subsequent search revealed a multi-use tool, with a knife and someone else’s ID card. Perry was under no-weapons conditions and didn’t have permission to have the card.

Perry pled guilty to breach of conditions and possession of stolen property.

Perry failed to report. He pled guilty to failure to comply with conditions.

Perry was one of four men who entered a residence without the owner’s permission, said the crown. Two had their faces covered with red bandannas and two threatened to hit the resident with a large flashlight if he looked at them. The victim was intimidated.

The men were looking for drugs, said the crown. When they didn’t find any, they were upset. They turned the lights off and stole personal property. This included two guitars, groceries, meat from the freezer, and movies.

On August 8, the police were investigating the previous robbery, said the crown. They found Perry sleeping in a car. Under the seat, they found a knife. In the driver’s door, close to where he was sleeping they found bear spray. Perry wasn’t the registered owner of the car.

Perry pled guilty to two counts of breach of condition.

The crown classified Perry’s record as very short.

As a teen, Perry struggled with addiction, said the defence. He was clean for six years. In February, he made the “destructive choice to start using drugs again.”

The global sentence was 582 days (one year and seven months), less credit for 98 days, so 484 left to serve.

Perry was sentenced to 365 days for robbery, ordered to submit DNA, and given a 10-year weapons prohibition for some and life for others.

For the June 17 offences, Perry was sentenced to: 15 days, for possession of stole property; seven days, for breach; and 15 days for mischief interference.

Perry received 30 days each for failure to comply with conditions, two counts of possession of stolen property, and three counts of breach of condition. A total of six 30 day consecutive sentences, which equals 180 days.

Note: Perry is the second of three co-accused in the August robbery to be convicted. Jordan W. Courtoreille was convicted on Oct. 30. The final co-accused is still in court.

Robert Angus Beaton (58) pled guilty to careless use of a firearm and improper storage of a firearm.

Beaton had no record.

Police responded to a firearm complaint, said the crown. Beaton was in the driver’s seat of his friend’s truck, on or near Sawridge road. He had been drinking. His friend was showing him a rifle.

Beaton admitted shooting the rifle twice, said the crown. He claimed he was joking around. Beaton didn’t have a gun license.

Beaton fired the weapon into the air with the door open, the crown said. He’d been driving logging truck all night. Earlier, while he was trying to sleep in his truck, the mechanics in the garage were using air wrenches. The air wrenches were quite loud.

“It was a colossally stupid thing to do,” said the crown.

Sawridge road has houses, pedestrians etc., so it was very dangerous to fire a weapon, says the crown.

“He (Beaton) acknowledges it was a stupid thing to do,” said the defence.

Beaton was one of five people in court on weapons charges, Judge Paul said, which shows the seriousness of the crime. Beaton was the only one where the weapons charges were connected with other criminal offences.

Beaton received a conditional discharge of six months probation with the condition to report, have no weapons, and not attend 200 Caribou Trail, Slave Lake. For one year after his probation, he’s banned from having any weapons.

Susan S. Okemow (38) pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

At 7:30 a.m. on August 28, 2019, Slave Lake RCMP found Okemow passed out on the front steps of a residence, the crown said. They charged her with public intoxication. In the ensuing search, they found a bag with $20 worth of methamphetamine.

Okemow has a substantial record, the crown said, but with only one other possession charge from 2009.

Okemow was holding the meth for someone else, the defense said.

“Meth is the worst of the worst,” Judge Paul said. He suggested Okemow deal with her alcohol addiction and not start using meth.

Jacob Terry Sereres pled guilty to five criminal counts and one ticket. The criminal charges were failure to appear, two counts of drunk driving with blood alcohol over 0.08, and two breach of conditions. The ticket was for driving while suspended.

A Gladue report and agree statement of facts were ordered.

Sereres will be sentenced on March 18. 2020.

Austin Charles Twin (21) pled guilty to a lesser charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Twin had no record.

On May 18, 2019, about 10 p.m. police were called to a house party, said the crown. Twin had been drinking. Someone flirted with his younger sister. Twin didn’t like this, so he started a fight, which turned into a brawl. During the fight, he picked up a yellow and black screw driver and stabbed the victim’s left cheek.

Twin was drinking at the time, said the defense. He hasn’t drunk since.

“You let your sister take care of herself,” said Judge Paul, to Twin. “You haven’t been a trouble maker, and you shouldn’t be a trouble maker. I hope this has been an isolated incident.”

Twin received a conditional sentence. This was four months of house arrest and 12 months probation. The conditions of both are to abstain from alcohol, cannabis and drugs, have no contact with the victim, not attend the victim’s residence, and take counselling as directed.

At trial, Chase Aubrey John Ings was found guilty of 10 charges and not guilty to two.

The 10 charges were obstructing a peace officer and various weapons charges. The weapons charges were possession of a prohibited loaded weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, careless use or storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm or weapon in a vehicle, and possession of a prohibited firearm.

Ings will be sentenced on December 11, 2019.

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