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Court Docket, Jan. 9 to 13

Sentences and fines from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek provincial courts
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• Bennward Dale Ingram was sentenced to 25 days jail, fined $15,000, and ordered to pay a $2250 victim surcharge for constructing a building/other works on Crown land without authorization in Hudson’s Hope in July 2020.

• Dylan William Joseph Sutton (born 1998) was given a 60-day conditional sentence with one year probation for fraud over $5000 committed in Dawson Creek in April 2021. Sutton was given a 120-day conditional sentence with one year probation, ordered to pay $950 in restitution, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for theft over $5000, and given a 120-day conditional sentence with one year probation and ordered to pay $950 in restitution for theft under $5000, committed in Dawson Creek in February 2021.

• Darrion Jerald Kimmie (born 1997) was sentenced to 18 months probation, fined $750, and ordered to pay a $113 victim surcharge for driving without reasonable consideration, and sentenced to time served for wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer in Fort St. Jon in October 2021.

• Matthew William Parrett (born 1974) was issued a nine-month $200 recognizance after allegation of causing fear of injury or damage to property in Fort St. John in November 2021.

• Josh Richard Wager-Comstock (born 1985) was issued a six-month $500 recognizance after allegation of causing fear of injury or damage to property in Mural in April 2022.

• Darin Field (born 1975) was given a suspended sentence with one year probation for breach of a release order in Fort St. John in July 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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