Woman who victimized P.E.I. nursing home resident skips jail time

Jolene Mariea Kelly sentenced for failing to show up for weekend sentence

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on November 10, 2016

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr


A woman who tried to cash a forged cheque belonging to a nursing home resident was sentenced recently to another 15 days for not showing up to serve her weekend sentence.

Jolene Mariea Kelly, 28, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to being unlawfully at large.

Kelly was sentenced Sept. 20 to 60 days in jail for uttering a forged document by trying to cash a $1,000 cheque she wrote to herself while working at the nursing home where the victim lived.

She was supposed to serve that time on weekends starting Sept. 23.

The court heard she didn’t show up.

On Sept. 28 the police arrested Kelly while she was meeting with her probation officer.

Kelly showed up to the jail every weekend since.

Her lawyer, Yolande Murphy, told the court it was a misunderstanding and Kelly thought the sentence started the next weekend.

Orr said she was having difficulty understanding how Kelly would be confused about when her sentence started.

“An intermittent sentence is a privilege, not a right,” Orr said.

Along with the extra 15 days, Kelly will serve the rest of her sentence as straight time instead of on weekends.

She must also pay a $100 victim surcharge.