No jail time for steal­ing di­a­mond ring

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The judge’s de­ci­sion must have had a nice ring to it for Der­rick Joseph Leroy Alder.

Alder was handed a sus­pended sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­sess­ing a stolen di­a­mond ring while on pro­ba­tion.

“I’m go­ing to give you a break to­day, Mr. Alder,’’ Chief pro­vin­cial court Judge Nancy Orr told the 28-year-old man in court Tues­day.

She noted Alder had been mak­ing an ef­fort to clean up his act but was quick to add there was still plenty of room for im­prove­ment.

Orr said Alder fails to fol­low through on im­por­tant ini­tia­tives, not­ing he has a habit of mak­ing ap­point­ments but fail­ing to keep them.

“It is all about tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, Mr. Alder,’’ she said.

Alder was caught with the stolen ring, val­ued at about $4,000, on Strat­ford.

At the time, he told po­lice he had found the ring on the ground and had given it to his girl­friend as an en­gage­ment ring.

He will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months.

He was also or­dered to com­plete 50 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice work and to write a let­ter of apol­ogy to the vic­tim. Nov. 30 in

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