Gas sta­tion rob­ber may be sen­tenced later in month

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

A Taber wo­man who’s back in cus­tody af­ter she didn’t show up to be sen­tenced for rob­bing a gas sta­tion in Leth­bridge last year may fi­nally be sen­tenced later this month.

Dawn Ila Hart made a brief ap­pear­ance last week in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court where her mat­ter was sim­ply ad­journed to Oct. 30. Her lawyer told court he in­tends to re­solve the rob­bery charge, as well as nu­mer­ous other charges she ac­cu­mu­lated af­ter she was re­leased from cus­tody in 2016.

At about 6:21 a.m. June 1, 2016, Hart walked into the Lon­don Road Esso in the 700 block of 7 Street South and asked to use the wash­room. She was told it was out of or­der, but in­stead of leav­ing, she asked if she could wait for a ride.

While she waited, she pur­chased a cup of cof­fee, and when the at­ten­dant opened the cash reg­is­ter Hart went around the counter and ap­proached the till. The at­ten­dant asked her to leave and at­tempted to close the till, but Hart thrust her hand into the drawer and the two strug­gled. Hart man­aged to push the at­ten­dant away, grabbed $105, and fled.

Hart pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 2016 to one count of rob­bery, but sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed and the judge or­dered a pre­sen­tence re­port, which pro­vides per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and back­ground about an ac­cused per­son to help the judge ren­der a fit sen­tence. In the mean­time, Hart was still out on bail, which she had been granted shortly af­ter her ar­rest June 17, 2016.

She never showed up for sen­tenc­ing, how­ever, and she was even­tu­ally ar­rested.

Dur­ing a hear­ing in June Hart hoped to be re­leased from cus­tody so she could be with her young son when he had surgery Aug. 4. How­ever, she re­mained in cus­tody un­til Aug. 1 when she was re­leased on bail with sev­eral con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a prom­ise that she turn her­self in and re­turn to court Aug. 11.

"It's im­per­a­tive you com­ply with all the con­di­tions," the judge told Hart. "Ev­ery­one did it for you. We are re­ly­ing on you, and count­ing on you to turn your­self in on time."

When Aug. 11 rolled around and Hart wasn’t in court, an­other war­rant was is­sued for her ar­rest, and dur­ing her hear­ing last week she ap­peared by closed-cir­cuit TV from the Leth­bridge Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre. She didn’t ask to be re­leased again.

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