Fed­eral jail term is­sued

Syd­ney man sen­tenced fol­low­ing rob­bery

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF

A Syd­ney man was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to a three-year fed­eral jail term af­ter plead­ing guilty to charges in­clud­ing rob­bery.

James An­thony MacDon­ald, 28, of Whitney Av­enue also pleaded guilty to a charge of wear­ing a dis­guise in com­mit­ting an of­fence.

He was charged in con­nec­tion with an armed holdup last Novem­ber at a Syd­ney con­ve­nience store. No in­juries were re­ported to the clerk on duty or the two cus­tomers in­side the store at the time.

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Har­ri­son told a pro­vin­cial court sen­tenc­ing hear­ing that MacDon­ald en­tered the Needs Con­ve­nience store on Ge­orge Street armed with two knives and de­manded the money in the cash regis­ter.

The clerk gave MacDon­ald some $60 from the till and he then fled the premises. He was ar­rested a short dis­tance from the store and po­lice re­cov­ered two knives along with a quan­tity of $5 bills and a sin­gle $10 bill.

Har­ri­son said MacDon­ald had spent sev­eral hours prior drink­ing and told po­lice he didn’t re­mem­ber much of what hap­pened.

The fa­ther of two has a prior crim­i­nal record for con­vic­tions in­clud­ing theft.

De­fence lawyer John MacNeil said his client has come to the re­al­iza­tion that al­co­hol is a prob­lem in his life and is tak­ing steps to ad­dress the is­sue by at­tend­ing Al­co­holics Anony­mous meet­ings while in jail await­ing sen­tence.

MacDon­ald him­self apol­o­gized to the court for his ac­tions and said he is tak­ing se­ri­ously the ef­fect al­co­hol has had on his life.

Judge Brian Wil­lis­ton ac­cepted the joint sen­tenc­ing rec­om­men­da­tion that also in­cluded a 10year ban on firearms.

MacDon­ald was given re­mand credit of 146 days.

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