Sentence adjourned so man can help girlfriend move

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 4, 2016
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.