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Man sentenced to two years for having 250 grams of cocaine

Slave Lake
Provincial Court
February 3, 2021
Judge G.W. Paul

Ian Bruce Courtoreille was sentenced for being unlawfully at large in Canada. He was not in court, but his lawyer confirmed his earlier guilty plea.

On June 6, 2019 in High Prairie Provincial Court, Courtoreille was sentenced to 30 days, said the Crown. These were to be served on weekends at the local RCMP detachment. He showed up for two weekends. On July 19, he did not go to the RCMP detachment to serve the weekend. After that time, he made no attempt to turn himself in to serve the sentence. The Peace River Correctional Centre confirmed that Courtoreille had not served the sentence anywhere else.

The Crown and defence recommended joint submission of “a high fine” of $300.

Courtoreille was fined $300 plus a victim fine surcharge.

“Is it not the case that he is still at large?” asked Judge Paul. “Tell your client to start serving his sentence,” he told Courtoreille’s lawyer. If he does not, he’ll be arrested again.

At trial, Sherry Lynn Cannan (41), from Edmonton, changed her plea to guilty to obstructing a peace officer. Three other charges were withdrawn.

Cannan was driving a vehicle, said the Crown. The passenger was wanted by the police.

Cannan and the passenger were both at a rehabilitation centre, said the defence. The passenger had permission to go to Smith to see someone, but did not return to the centre. Cannan had permission to go and pick up the individual. The vehicle was stopped. A police officer approached the vehicle, and demanded that the vehicle remain where it was.

The passenger told Cannan to “get going,” added the defence. “She panicked, and she fled.”

Cannan’s criminal record started in 2005 and continued into 2020.

Cannan is addicted to methamphetamine, said the defence. She is accepted into a treatment program.

“I’m sure you’ve heard lectures from other judges,” said Judge Paul.

Cannan was sentenced to three days, which equalled time served.

At trial, Gage G. Bleakley changed his plea to failure to appear. Another charge was withdrawn, but the items seized in the investigation were forfeited.

August 10, 2016, Bleakley did not come to court, said the federal Crown.

Bleakley was fined $200 plus a victim fine surcharge.

Allan Tyler Mykat appeared by closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre. He was sentenced for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

On December 23, 2018 at around 6:15 p.m., RCMP pulled over a pickup in Wabasca-Desmarais, said the federal Crown. There were several people in the vehicle. Mykat was in the middle back. The officer saw a female passenger hand Mykat an open beer in an attempt to hide it. On the floor in the middle of the front seat, the officer saw a Saran-wrapped brick of cocaine. Everyone was arrested. Later, one of the occupants testified that they saw Mykat toss the cocaine from the back seat into the front seat. Before a preliminary enquiry, Mykat admitted that the cocaine was his.

“It’s a lot of cocaine,” the federal crown said. It was 250 grams.

Mykat has various criminal convictions, but only one related – possession of a controlled substance.

Mykat was sentenced to two-years, which is a federal sentence. He had credit for 237 days, so 493 left to serve. Mykat was prohibited from possessing some weapons for 10 years from his release and others for life. He was ordered to submit a DNA sample.

“I hope you use your time in there wisely,” Judge Paul said.

Kevin Dawn Peter appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre. He pled guilty to failure to comply with release conditions.

On January 27, 2021, he was under house arrest in Edmonton, said the Crown. He was required to be in his home 24 hours a day seven days a week. However, a Slave Lake RCMP officer spotted him in Slave Lake, which was a clear breach.
Peter represented himself. He was in Slave Lake dropping off something for a family member, he said. The trip happened on short notice.

Peter was sentenced to 10 days, which equalled time served. There was no victim fine surcharge.

Roderick James Twin, from Slave Lake, changed his plea at trial to guilty of one charge of fraud under $5,000. Three other charges were withdrawn.

In October 2020, Twin made $702.42 worth of purchases with a stolen credit card, said the Crown.

“He did not steal the card,” said the defence. It was a gift.

Twin’s criminal record was mostly property-related, like this offence.

The Crown suggested a six-month conditional sentence order, which is a term of custody, but served as probation.

Twin received a 120-day conditional sentence, of which 60 days were house arrest with conditions and the final 60 with no curfew, but conditions. He also received a victim fine surcharge.

Jamie Lee Cardinal, from Calgary, pled guilty via a letter to operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

The blood alcohol level was 0.2, which is over twice the legal limit.

Cardinal had no previous record.

The required penalty is $2,000 and a one-year driving prohibition.

Michael M. Koochin was sentenced for seven crimes. He was convicted after trial.

Koochin was in custody on other matters. He was physically in Slave Lake court.

The crimes happened after “an awful breakup,” said Judge Paul. The conditions Koochin breached were to have no contact with the victim.

Judge Paul classified Koochin’s behaviour as “ridiculous, nasty, and highly inappropriate.”

Koochin was fined $300 and victim fine surcharge for threats to cause bodily harm and a 12 months suspended sentence (probation) for the remaining six crimes. These were breach of condition (x4), careless use and storage of a firearm and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized.

The conditions included having no contact with the victim, not having or using alcohol, cannabis, and illegal drugs, having no weapons including knives except for work or to eat, and to take counselling, assessment, or treatment.

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