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Prince Edward Island provincial court
A 20-year-old Charlottetown woman who stole money from a Needs convenience store while armed with a syringe has been sentenced to 13 months in the provincial correctional centre.
Allison MacKenzie told the clerk at the store she robbed that the syringe she carried had HIV contaminated blood in it.
The clerk gave her $553.
She used that money to buy drugs.
The court was told MacKenzie's addiction to opiates was costing her $200 a day.
She was also using cocaine regularly at the time of the robbery.
Upon release from custody she will be placed on probation for two years.
MacKenzie's sentence was subsequently reduced to nine months in recognition of time served on remand.