Char­lot­te­town man faces prison sen­tence for thefts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

The Crown is call­ing for a sen­tence of be­tween three and four years fed­eral time for a Char­lot­te­town man who stole hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of meat, seafood and other items from city area stores. Crown Coun­sel Va­lerie Moore called for the fed­eral sen­tence in the case of 58year- old Ter­rence Stan­ford Mac­Don­ald. Mac­Don­ald, a con­fessed heroin ad­dict with a lengthy crim­i­nal record, has pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and five counts of fail­ing to at­tend court. Mac­Don­ald com­mit­ted thefts at two dif­fer­ent At­lantic Su­per­stores, Wal­mart, Shop­pers Drug Mart, Roots, the Cir­cle K and K C Cloth­ing, hit­ting some stores more than once. He went to one store twice on the same day. Mac­Don­ald stole steaks, lob­ster, scal­lops, chicken, ba­con, cheese and frozen burger pat­ties from the food stores he hit. He also stole sev­eral items of cloth­ing and a cof­feemaker. Moore de­scribed Mac­Don­ald as a re­cidi­vist of­fender who vic­tim­ized nu­mer­ous mer­chants. And she stressed that Mac­Don­ald did not steal high­end meats and seafood for him­self but to re­sell so he could pur­chase drugs. Moore said Mac­Don­ald’s thefts go well be­yond shoplift­ing. “They sup­port the drug trade,” Moore said. “These thefts per­pet­u­ate the cy­cle of drug use and drug sales.” The ac­cused has mul­ti­ple theft-re­lated con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing con­vic­tions for rob­bery, armed rob­bery and break, en­ter and theft. He also has prior con­vic­tions for drug traf­fick­ing. De­fence coun­sel Thane MacEach­ern said Mac­Don­ald does have a lengthy record and ex­pects to re­ceive a lengthy jail sen­tence. But he sug­gested the sen­tence pro­posed by the Crown is ex­ces­sive. MacEach­ern said a sen­tence in the range of 18 months would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. That sen­tence would also al­low Mac­Don­ald to serve his time in a pro­vin­cial cor­rec­tional cen­tre. Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge John Dou­glas has taken the case un­der ad­vise­ment, say­ing he has to pon­der the ques­tion of whether Mac­Don­ald should re­ceive a fed­eral or a pro­vin­cial sen­tence.

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