Man handed 18 months in jail for stealing from elderly woman

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A 22-year old Charlottetown man who stole more than $23,000 from an 83-year old woman was sentenced Friday in Supreme Court to serve 18 months in the provincial correctional centre.

The sentence was imposed in the case of Mitchell Donovan.

In addition to the time he will spend in custody he will spend two years on probation, during which time he must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment for his addictions.

Donovan must also refrain absolutely from any contact with the victim and write a letter of apology to her.

He must refrain from contact with any people named by his probation officer.

He must also do 50 hours of community service work.

Restitution must be made to the victim of $23,850.07 

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • bill w
    January 11, 2014 - 11:59

    Just wondering...if he serves a year shouldn't he be clean a year.and shouldn't he have some programs available.seems like there should be some opportunities to clean up his act .

  • dale mac
    January 10, 2014 - 16:33


  • Jessica Cahill
    January 10, 2014 - 16:22

    Ya sending a 22 year old to the correctional center where he will just be around other addicts who just want to keep using. Do something to help this person, he is young enough to be sent to a good treatment center in NB. A year and half will really make this young man a better person, especially at the facility here. It's a joke. This province needs to help the addiction problems, not make them worse.

  • ollie
    January 10, 2014 - 14:26

    I hope the restitution will be a reality for this poor lady - he should have gotten at least a month for each thousand he took from this poor elderly lady - shameful

  • lloyd
    January 10, 2014 - 13:52

    Where will he steal the $23000 from to pay the lady back?

  • don
    January 10, 2014 - 13:48

    why not add the interest that she has lost also?

  • at 22 your salvagable
    January 10, 2014 - 12:24

    Mel we are a democracy not a rogue state..what would you do to him ,give him 5-8 years ,hard labour even...our correction system is compassionate but fair....this guys obivously has problem be it addiction or behaviour 22 he is stilla young man and salvagable........if he re-offends or makes a career of crime ..don't worry the system catches up to them...he will not be living the good life .....the biggest thing here is the compensation of the victim or her estate.

  • Mel
    January 10, 2014 - 11:52

    Lets see now, he gets 18 months so with our great system he likely will be out in 6 months. Does this man have a job. Not likely, so how is restitution going to happen. I dont think this lady should depend on getting her money back. Like I said, this seems like a bad joke.

  • Cb
    January 10, 2014 - 11:52

    Frequent Offender. 3 strikes law would be great here.

  • Thats not enough
    January 10, 2014 - 11:36

    He should be doing more time... addiction or no addiction.. you don't hurt the elderly. You respect them.