‘Road map’ needed to track three years’ worth of petty crimes
August 12, 2020
Judge G.W. Paul
Reva Laurell (Lorell) Houle (25) appear by phone from Edmonton Remand Centre. She pled guilty to 10 crimes from 2017 to 2020. She also pled guilty to driving while unauthorized under the Traffic Safety Act. Eleven charges were withdrawn.
“I’ve made a road map,” defence council said.
“I’m going to need a road map,” Judge Paul responded.
On July 20, 2017, Houle failed to appear in court.
On February 1, 2018 at 6:36 p.m., Slave Lake RCMP were called to investigate a truck on the side of the road, said the Crown prosecutor. The police found four intoxicated people in the vehicle. They said they’d been hitch hiking and were picked up by the driver of the vehicle. He wasn’t there because they ran out of gas and he’d walked to a gas station.
The RCMP officer ran the plate. It was registered to a Honda Accord, but it was on a pickup. The 2004 pickup had been reported stolen in Fort Saskatchewan. All four were arrested for possession of stolen property. Houle was under conditions to not drink alcohol and have no contact with at least one of the other occupants. Houle pled guilty to possession of stolen property and breach of conditions.
On December 18, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., an RCMP officer pulled over a vehicle with a burnt out taillight, said the Crown. Houle was in the back seat. She gave a false name. However, the officer recognized her. When pressed, she continued to give the false name. The driver eventually confirmed her identity. She was wanted on outstanding warrants.
Houle pled guilty to obstructing a peace officer.
“Every police officer in the country knows you,” said Judge Paul, so giving a false name doesn’t work.
On January 24 and July 11, 2019, Houle failed to appear in court.
On February 1, 2019, Houle drove while unauthorized near Wabasca.
In 2019, Houle stole a 1.75 L Smirnoff vodka from a Slave Lake liquor store, said the Crown. It cost $55. She pled guilty to shoplifting under $5,000 and breach of conditions.
On November 17, 2019, Houle stole a 60 ounce bottle of booze from a Slave Lake liquor store. She pled guilty to theft under $5,000.
Between March 6 and April 9, Houle didn’t contact her probation officer. She pled guilty to failure to comply with release conditions.
Defence said that Houle was homeless, transient and addicted. She’d had a hard life, was raised in foster care, and been impacted by significant Gladue factors.
Judge Paul said, “Miss Houle there’s not a judge you have appeared before who hasn’t recognized the struggles you’ve had. You’re running out of chances. I sure wish that you wouldn’t darken our doors any longer.”
Houle’s criminal record was admitted.
Houle received a global sentence of 64 days. She had 26 days credit for pretrial custody, so 38 days left to serve.
For driving while unauthorized, Houle received a large fine, which was converted to 14 days in prison.
Houle was fined $200 for the 2017 failure to appear. This was converted to four days concurrent.
Three of the crimes were committed in 2018 crimes. Houle was sentenced to 15 days for possession of stolen property and 15 days concurrent for breach of conditions. For obstructing a peace officer, she was fined $500. This was converted to 10 days concurrent.
Houle was sentenced to seven days each for the two 2019 failures to appear. For shoplifting under $5,000, she received seven days. For breach of conditions on the same day, she was sentenced to seven days concurrent. For theft under $5,000, she was sentenced to seven days. For failure to comply, she was sentenced to seven days.
Patrick John Nadli (43) pled guilty to uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. Two other charges were withdrawn.
On Thursday, August 6 at 8:24 p.m., the Slave Lake RCMP received a call about an intoxicated male threatening the inhabitants of a home, said the Crown. The two people inside the residence were youth. Nadli was threatening to beat both of them if they didn’t open the door.
Nadli has a long criminal record, the Crown said. This includes six assaults against a domestic partner. The Crown recommended a sentence of 60 days.
Nadli has issues with alcohol, the defence said. He had been in custody for seven days, with enhanced credit this was 11 days. The plea was entered at the earliest possible opportunity.
“You have horrible anger issues,” said Judge Paul to Nadli. The Crown’s recommendation is on the very lowest end of the range. It should be 90 to 120 days. There are many aggravating factors. Your prior record is horrible. The victims were under adult age. The early plea isn’t mitigating, as “you know darn well you’re not going to be released.”
Nadli was sentenced to 60 days and given no credit for time served.