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Court Docket, Jan. 16 to 20

Sentences and fines from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek provincial courts
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• Kayla Ellen Stone (born 1988) was sentenced to 403 days jail with 12 months probation, given a mandatory lifetime firearms prohibition, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for assaulting a peace officer with a weapon. Stone was sentenced to time served with 12 months probation, and given a three-year criminal driving prohibition for driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code, and sentenced to time served with 12 months probation for dangerous driving. The offences were all committed in Fort St. John in October 2022.

• Philip Clayton Testawitch (born 1988) sentenced to 30 days jail with 12 months probation, given a five-year discretionary firearms ban, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for robbery committed in Fort St. John in September 2022. Testawitch was sentenced to 30 days jail and 12 months probation for theft under $5000 committed in Fort St. John in August 2022. Testawitch was sentenced to 30 days jail with 12 months probation for breach of probation in Fort St. John in July 2022.

• Adel Phyllis Lynn Pine (born 1991) was sentenced to time served with one year probation, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for possession of stolen property over $5000 committed in Fort St. John in December 2021. Pine was sentenced to time served with one year probation for assault committed in Prince George in May 2021. Pine was sentenced to time served with one year probation for breaching probation in Prince George in November 2020.

• Ryan Leigh Hansen (born 1984) was fined $2000 and given a one-year criminal driving prohibition for refusal to provide a breath sample in Fort St. John in January 2022. Hansen was sentenced to time served with 12 months probation for possession of stolen property over $5000 in Fort St. John in January 2022.

• Johann Simon (born 1952) was sentenced to 18 months probation, fined $1000 under the Motor Vehicle Act, and ordered to pay a $300 victim surcharge for driving without due care and attention in Fort St. John in April 2021.

• Gordon Alexander Thomson (born 1986) was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for theft of a motor vehicle in Murdale in November 2021. Thomson was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for mischief to property in Rose Prairie in December 2021. Thomson was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for possession of stolen property over $5000 in Fort St. John in June 2021. Thomson was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for possession of stolen property over $5000 and driving with a suspended licence in Port Alberni in July 2020. Thomson was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for possession of stolen property over $5000 in Prince George in August 2020. Thomson was sentenced to time served with 18 months probation for flight from police and breaching probation in Fort St. John in April 2022.

• Madison Tylor Mckenzie (born 1997) was granted a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for mischief under $5000 committed in Dawson Creek in June 2020. Mckenzie was granted a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for assault committed in Dawson Creek in December 2020.

• Jong Jim Lim (born 1974) was granted a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer in Wonowon in July 2022.

• Matthew Rossell (born 1984) was fined $1000 under the Environmental Management Act and ordered to pay a $300 victim surcharge for discharging waste from a recreational vehicle in Fort St. John in September 2022.

• Dale Michael Bagan (born 1973) was fined $500 and ordered to pay a $75 victim surcharge for driving with a suspended licence in Fort St. John in November 2021.

• Lucas Ralph Wellard (born 1980) was issued a 12-month $500 recognizance after allegation of causing fear of injury or damage in Dawson Creek in January 2022.

Notes on sentencing

Suspended sentence: The judge convicts the accused but suspends sentencing, and instead releases them on conditions set out in a probation order.

Conditional sentence: The judge gives the accused a jail term, but allows them to serve it in the community as long as they follow certain conditions. Often called house arrest.

Conditional discharge: The accused’s record won’t show a conviction if they meet conditions the judge sets out in a probation order.

Recognizance after allegation: An agreement to keep the peace and be of good behaviour when the court finds there are reasonable grounds that a person will commit an offence.

Victim surcharge: A fine levied by judges at their discretion during sentencing that goes toward helping victims of crime.

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