Getaway driver gets jail sentence for convenience store robbery

Ryan Ross
Published on January 29, 2014
Scales of justice

A North Winsloe man who shoplifted and drove the getaway car for a woman who robbed a convenience store with a needle was sentenced Monday to nine months in jail.

Brian Dwayne Spence, 22, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing for his role in the robbery and for stealing from a Canadian Tire store.

In handing down the sentence, Douglas said the robbery was a serious offence but there was no evidence he benefitted from its proceeds.

The court heard that on Aug. 12 Spence dropped his friend, Taylor Dawn MacDonald, off at a Needs convenience store where she approached the cashier and told him she had a needle with the AIDS virus in it.

The cashier gave her $50, she left the store and eventually caught up with Spence who was waiting in the car.

Spence knew the woman was going to rob the store when he dropped her off, although his lawyer said they hadn’t planned it before he picked her up.

Police were able to identify MacDonald using video from the Needs and she was previously sentenced to 13 months in jail.

Spence also stole two packages of curtain panels from Canadian Tire, which he planned to return for a refund so he could replace a tablet computer his mother bought him and which he sold to buy drugs. The curtains were worth $88.98.

Douglas sentenced Spence to eight months in jail for the robbery and one month for the curtain theft. Spence will also be on probation for 24 months.