Man sen­tenced to 18 months for string of crimes

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Drumheller man has been sen­tenced to a year and a half in jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to a long list of of­fenses in­clud­ing mis­lead­ing po­lice, ut­ter­ing coun­ter­feit cur­rency and be­ing in pos­ses­sion of stolen ve­hi­cles.

Jef­frey Morse ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller to make his pleas on Fri­day, June 23, 2017.

The court heard how on De­cem­ber 6, 2014, Morse, a dis­qual­i­fied driver, was op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle when he passed through a check stop. He pro­vided the of­fi­cer with an­other per­son’s name. Po­lice de­ter- mined the per­son whose name he had used had a war­rant for his ar­rest. Morse then ad­mit­ted it was a false name. He pleaded guilty to ob­struct­ing a peace of­fi­cer in­ves­ti­ga­tion and driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied.

He also pleaded guilty to a breach of his re­lease on Septem­ber 20, 2016, by be­ing in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out the reg­is­tered owner. He was in­volved in a sin­gle ve­hi­cle rollover driv­ing his mother’s ve­hi­cle.

He was also charged on Novem­ber 19, of pass­ing coun­ter­feit $50 Amer­i­can bills at the Drumheller Mc­Don­ald’s and the Ex­tra Food Gas bar.

On January 9, he was in Hanna at a truck stop when a passerby re­ported he and oth­ers in a re­cently stolen truck with a stolen snow­mo­bile. When po­lice ar­rived, Morse was searched and po­lice dis­cov­ered a small amount of mar­i­juana.

While he was in cus­tody po­lice learned there might be more stolen ve­hi­cles at his fa­ther’s home. They ob­tained a search war­rant and on January 24, 2016, in a garage po­lice dis­cov­ered a stolen Chev Avalanche and a stolen Honda mo­tor­cy­cle.

Morse has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal record and has spent 118 days in pre­trial cus­tody. The crown and de­fense agreed on an 18-month sen­tence, giv­ing Morse credit 1:1.5 credit for his pre­trial cus­tody, leav­ing 12 months to be served.

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