Sentence adjourned so man can help girlfriend move

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Sentence adjourned so man can help girlfriend move

Ronald Edward Jason Lafferty knows he's going to jail.

But after pleading guilty to possession of almost $5,000 in stolen property a judge gave him a week to help his girlfriend move before he goes there.

Lafferty, 38, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown Monday where the sentencing process started.

Douglas will sentence Lafferty to six months in jail.

The court heard on Jan. 5, 2015, Charlottetown police were investigating a series of break-ins to vehicles in the city.

Officers found boot prints in the snow near a vehicle with a smashed window.

They followed the boot prints to more damaged vehicles and with help from a canine unit tracked them to Lafferty's mother's house.

Inside they found boots with a tread that matched the prints in the snow.

They also found $4,950 worth of stolen items in the basement and Lafferty hiding behind a chimney.

In total, the police were investigating thefts from 17 vehicles.

Lafferty denied stealing the items and said someone else stored them at his mother's house.

The court heard Lafferty had a lengthy criminal record and has been on probation for his adult life.

Before hearing his sentence, Lafferty said he has been hanging out with criminals all his life and knows he has to stop.

"I'm not getting any younger," he said.

Douglas told Lafferty to expect to be in jail through the winter.

"Hopefully, come spring you will start again to continue your progress," Douglas said.

Lafferty will be back in court Feb. 8 to finish his sentencing and give him time to help his girlfriend move.

 

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • de udder guy
    February 05, 2016 - 07:35

    Catch a minutely undersized lobster.....huge fine. Buy a bag of tax free smokes....go to jail. Import liquor....jail. Break the law habitually....meh. Take some "me" time.

  • Shawn Stevenson
    February 05, 2016 - 07:26

    THESE PEOPLE AND FREQUENT ARTICLES ABOUT BREAK INS, EVEN HAVING THE EXPERIENCE EARLIER IN 2015 AND IT'S DEVISTATING. IT'S DRIVING PEOPLE OR STARTING TO PUT THE NOTION IN THEIR MIND ABOUT MOVING OUT OF CHARLOTTETOWN TO LIKE STRATFORD, SHERWOOD OR CORNWALL I KNOW IM CONSIDERING

  • J
    February 05, 2016 - 05:57

    We need Judge Judy now!

  • WTF
    February 04, 2016 - 17:55

    6 months for 17 break and enters ??? Little wonder all the criminals want to move to PEI . I wonder if it was the judges car or home broke into would there be a stiffer sentence ?

  • SlyFox
    February 04, 2016 - 15:58

    This is too funny.Letting a repeat criminal who is on probation have a week of to help his girlfriend move. You can not make this stuff up.Maybe if the so called judge tried this individual on the 17 break and enters separately and gave him six months on each charge night been a fare sentence. Maybe the 17 people who were victimized should have the judge explain to them the light sentence. The only other explanation that makes sense would be he is working for the police as an informant to get a lesser charge.

  • Terrible Sentence
    February 04, 2016 - 15:40

    The sentence is a joke and so is the judge , does he not realize how much trouble ,heartache and costs Lafferty has victimized people.There is a time for compassion and fairness then there is "common sense " this guy will not and has not ever dealt with probation or any other sentence's to get any rehabilitation....this has been going on for years.......he should be in the federal pen for about 3 years..........help his girlfriend...she must be desperate to have this guy around her home........if they have one....

  • joe blow
    February 04, 2016 - 14:43

    The real joke here is the sentence 6 months This animal has no regard for peoples property and hasn't all of his life its time these crimes get longer sentences to reflect the damage these people inflict

  • Joe Doe
    February 04, 2016 - 13:20

    MAN IF I EVER GET IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW I AM DEMANDING I GET THIS JUDGE OR I AM NOT APPEARING IN COURT.I'M SERIOUS.

  • Joe Doe
    February 04, 2016 - 13:17

    MY GOD,THIS IS HARD TO BELIEVE,I'M SPEECHLESS.

  • Bobby
    February 04, 2016 - 12:36

    What a joke. So the judge is giving a week long pass to this guy so he can break into a few more places before he serves time. Why do these criminals have so many rights? Also, can this girlfriend not find anybody else to help her move. I find it hard to believe that this guy is her only source of help to move. Being a criminal is where it's at these days. Steal everybody else's property, don't work for your own, and don't worry cuz you won't suffer any consequences anyway. His 6 month sentence will be 3 months. He gets to come out just in time to start the summer off with some B & E's . Gotta love the justice system. I'm not sure how it can be fixed. Perhaps we should start doing what they do in the States where judges and Crown Attorneys are voted in by the public.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 04, 2016 - 12:04

    My how generous and accommodating this judge is for all these Criminals that come before him . This must be the new soft on crime strategy instead of the tough on Crime strategy we hear so much about . Time the Justice society stepped up and removed this Joke from the Bench . Before they cause serious harm with their soft on crime approach . This is not even minimum sentencing . People are suffering with property losses to the tune of $4900 not to mention the damage to property and the invasion of privacy they have to deal with . This Thief gets a break while the property owners get shafted with possible higher Insurance rates and the pain and suffering of dealing with invasion of privacy and the trouble of having to replace items . Were is the compassion for the victims as it seems this Judge never has any for the victims of the crimes . Years ago there would be tar and feathers and a rail involved with decisions like this .

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 04, 2016 - 12:03

    My how generous and accommodating this judge is for all these Criminals that come before him . This must be the new soft on crime strategy instead of the tough on Crime strategy we hear so much about . Time the Justice society stepped up and removed this Joke from the Bench . Before they cause serious harm with their soft on crime approach . This is not even minimum sentencing . People are suffering with property losses to the tune of $4900 not to mention the damage to property and the invasion of privacy they have to deal with . This Thief gets a break while the property owners get shafted with possible higher Insurance rates and the pain and suffering of dealing with invasion of privacy and the trouble of having to replace items . Were is the compassion for the victims as it seems this Judge never has any for the victims of the crimes . Years ago there would be tar and feathers and a rail involved with decisions like this .

  • IS IT APRIL FOOL ALREADY
    February 04, 2016 - 10:48

    This judge has to go. People should not get sentenced at their convience. I assume that if anyone else has a hockey game ticket, or a party invitation then they can get the same deal?