Federal jail term issued
Sydney man sentenced following robbery
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.