An 18-year-old Charlottetown woman who robbed a Needs convenience store in August while armed with a needle she claimed contained AIDS-contaminated blood has been sentenced to 13 months in jail.
She is also prohibited from attending at any Needs store in the city.
The sentence, subsequently reduced to 11-and-a-half months in recognition of time served on remand, was imposed in the case of Taylor Dawn MacDonald.
Upon release from custody she will spend two years on probation.
While on probation she must make restitution to the store for the money she received in the robbery and to the clerk for lost wages for one day off work.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas ordered MacDonald to provide a DNA sample for the national DNA databank.
A 10-year weapons prohibition was also ordered.
The court was told that MacDonald was active in her addictions at the time of the robbery but awaiting admission to a treatment program.
Since being incarcerated on remand she has taken advantage of the programs available at the jail to help her deal with her addictions.
Through her lawyer she accepted responsibility for her actions and expressed remorse for her actions.
MacDonald had no prior criminal record when she committed this offence.
In passing sentence Douglas referred to the increase in the number of robberies committed in this jurisdiction.
He also noted how unusual it was for someone with no history of criminal activity to commit a serious crime like armed robbery as their first offence.
A second person charged in connection with this robbery has not yet been dealt with by the courts.