Jennine Porter sen­tenced to less than two years

Sen­tence comes with three-year pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Jennine Porter was sen­tenced to 639 days in­car­cer­a­tion fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion made in the Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court­house on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, June 29th.

The de­ci­sion favoured Porter’s lawyer Lori Sa­vory’s rec­om­men­da­tion made dur­ing a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing held a week prior. Sa­vory’s rec­om­men­da­tion came along with state­ments that Porter was will­ing to work on over­com­ing past is­sues with men­tal health and ad­dic­tion.

Prior to the de­ci­sion, Porter served 304 days re­mand, re­sult­ing in the ini­tial sen­tence of 1095 days to be re­duced to 639.

In 2016, Porter was ar­rested along­side Adam Stagg, Troy Dob­bin, and a 15-year-old male fol­low­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an in­ci­dent where a Win­ter­ton man was robbed dur­ing what he thought was a date set up through on­line con­ver­sa­tions.

Dur­ing the de­ci­sion, Judge Bruce Short noted Porter’s early guilty pleas and her in­volve­ment in putting a stop to a sit­u­a­tion that could have ended much worse. How­ever, Short also added that Porter’s in­volve­ment in cre­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion of ex­treme vul­ner­a­bil­ity for the com­plainant could not be ig­nored by the court, and that had Porter taken a dif­fer­ent course of ac­tion, she could have saved the vic­tim from a lot of trauma.

In mid-April of 2017, Porter pleaded guilty through her lawyer on a sin­gle-count charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence of rob­bery af­ter the crown agreed to with­draw four other charges of ex­tor­tion, rob­bery, as­sault with a weapon, and pos­ses­sion of a weapon for dan­ger­ous pur­poses.

Sa­vory also feared that were Porter sen­tenced to more than three years, as was rec­om­mended by the Crown, her re­lo­ca­tion to fed­eral prison would fur­ther dam­age her al­ready shaky re­la­tion­ship with her chil­dren, which Porter has also been work­ing on fix­ing.

Short said he felt as though Porter would ben­e­fit greatly from coun­sel­ing ser­vices.

As per Crown lawyer Paul This­tle’s rec­om­men­da­tion dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, Porter’s in­car­cer­a­tion pe­riod will be fol­lowed by a three-year pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod.

Porter is to have no con­tact or com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the com­plainant in the case, and, as crown pro­ceeded by in­dict­ment, faces a $200 vic­tim fine sur­charge.

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Jennine Porter, 31, was sen­tenced to 639 days for a date-jack­ing case in­volv­ing a Win­ter­ton man who be­lieved he was on a date with Porter.

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