Fa­tal beat­ing mas­ter­mind sen­tenced to 26 months in jail


The woman who or­ches­trated the fa­tal beat­ing of a 42-year-old Ste­wart Street man will serve an­other 318 days in jail af­ter be­ing sen­tenced Tues­day to 26 months in prison, less the time she has al­ready served at Lind­say’s Cen­tral East Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

Sa­man­tha Hall, 26, pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence caus­ing bod­ily harm on Aug. 23 in re­la­tion to the death of Terry Pringle, who was found in dead in his home with blunt force trauma just be­fore 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2016.

Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing two teenaged boys, were ar­rested three days later.

The 462 days of credit Hall re­ceived from Madam Jus­tice Es­ther Rosen­berg in Peter­bor­ough On­tario Court of Jus­tice on Tues­day morn­ing (308 days with en­hanced credit of 1.5) was sub­tracted from the 780 day sen­tence.

The prison term will be fol­lowed by three years of pro­ba­tion, the first three months of which she must abide by a cur­few to be de­ter­mined by her pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

Hall was also given a life­time weapon pro­hi­bi­tion, DNA order and two years to pay a $200 vic­tim sur­charge – or serve an ad­di­tional two days in jail.

The sen­tence in­cludes a no-com­mu­ni­ca­tion order with the coac­cused and mem­bers of Pringle’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing his mother Bev­erly Kingston and step­fa­ther Ralph Kingston, who were in the body of the court Tues­day as they have been for most, if not all ap­pear­ances.

The judge uti­lized a pre-sen­tence re­port, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hall’s his­tory, and re­viewed vic­tim im­pact state­ments in mak­ing her de­ci­sion.

Pringle’s fam­ily, “not sur­pris­ingly,” has been dev­as­tated by the loss and the vi­o­lent man­ner in which he was killed, Rosen­berg said.

Bev Kingston called the last 11 months a “night­mare,” call­ing Pringles’ death “so un­nec­es­sary.”

“Since his loss I’ve been phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally ill. You do not know the heartache un­til you get that knock on your door early in the morn­ing by the po­lice to tell you your son is dead,” she wrote.

Ralph Kingston pas­sion­ately de­scribed what he will miss most about the man who called him “dad” or “the old man,” the judge noted.

“I used to see Terry once or twice a week, ei­ther at my house or his, now I see him ev­ery cou­ple of months at his grave,” he wrote.

While it was Halls idea to as­sault Pringle, not kill him, her level of moral cul­pa­bil­ity and blame­wor­thi­ness is high, the judge said as she went through the ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors in the case. “But for her, Mr. Pringle would likely be alive today.”

Her mo­tive – to send Pringle a mes­sage, for al­legedly spread­ing ru­mours about her – was an­other ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor. “She wanted to pro­tect her name on the street and she was to pro­vide the as­saulters co­caine for do­ing her dirty work.”

Her “re­cent and con­cern­ing” crim­i­nal record was an­other fac­tor, Rosen­berg said.

In 2011, Hall was was con­victed of unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited or re­stricted weapon, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime un­der $5,000 and fail­ing to com­ply with con­di­tions of an un­der­tak­ing.

She was also con­victed of as­sault in 2015 and two counts of fail­ing to com­ply with pro­ba­tion and fail­ing to com­ply with a re­cog­ni­zance in 2016. She also served 60 days in jail for a pos­ses­sion charge ear­lier this year.

In ex­plain­ing mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors, Rosen­berg said Hall – who has a twin brother – has ex­pe­ri­enced a dif­fi­cult fam­ily his­tory that saw her placed in foster care when they were six months old, child­hood trauma as a re­sult of al­leged “sex­ual mis­treat­ment” and be­com­ing preg­nant at age 16.

“Life has def­i­nitely not been kind to her. She is at a crossroads,” the judge said later.

Hall has men­tal health is­sues, in­clud­ing be­ing di­ag­nosed with fe­tal al­co­hol spec­trum and at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­ders, as well as a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

She also has sub­stance abuse is­sues, hav­ing be­come ad­dicted to drugs at age 15. Hall turned to pros­ti­tu­tion, right up un­til her in­car­cer­a­tion, to sup­port a drug habit that saw her con­sum­ing seven grams of co­caine daily, court heard.

Hall, who suf­fered a re­lapse while in cus­tody for the Pringle mat­ter, took the first steps to ob­tain coun­selling and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Septem­ber. She has been ap­proved for res­i­den­tial treat­ment that has been de­layed by her sen­tenc­ing, court heard.

Rosen­berg “re­mains guarded,” how­ever, as to whether Hall will get the help she needs, point­ing out that she seems will­ing, but there are signs she won’t fol­low through.

As part of the sen­tence, she must com­plete all coun­selling and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as di­rected by her pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

Hall, who quit school in Grade 10, has also made “sub­stan­tial steps” to­wards com­plet­ing her ed­u­ca­tion while she has been in jail, court heard.

The Crown sought a three year prison term and the de­fence two years, both less pre-trial cus­tody, fol­lowed by pro­ba­tion when sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions were heard Oct. 31.

The fair-skinned Hall, with long, dark hair with blonde highlights, wore a black sweat­shirt and dark track pants for the pro­ceed­ing. She al­ter­nated be­tween touch­ing some bracelets on her left wrist and clasp­ing her hands to­gether as she lis­tened to Rosen­berg.

She was rep­re­sented in court Tues­day by An­drea Van­der-Hey­den of Toronto firm Stephen Proudlove Law, while as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Kelly Eber­hard was the pros­e­cu­tor.

Sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions were heard in the case of a co-ac­cused, a 17-year-old boy, Tues­day af­ter­noon. He pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter in Septem­ber.

An­other youth, a 16-year-old boy who faces charges of mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, for­mally re-elected to face a judge-alone trial in Peter­bor­ough On­tario Court of Jus­tice sched­uled for seven days, start­ing Jan. 15.

Christo­pher Bolton, 30, pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm on Oct. 23 and is sched­uled to be sen­tenced Nov. 22. He was orig­i­nally charged with ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, which de­ter­mines if there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to set the mat­ter down for trial be­fore a Su­pe­rior Court judge, is sched­uled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, Dec. 6 and Dec. 11 to 15 for two other adult co-ac­cused in the case.

Jor­dan Os­borne, 25, of Aylmer St, faces charges of first-de­gree mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence. He also ap­peared in court Wed­nes­day, af­ter the 17-year-old, to hear Rosen­berg’s rul­ing on the pub­li­ca­tion ban is­sue.

Joseph Craw­ford ,29, of Dal­housie St., faces charges of ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence.

NOTE: See re­lated story on Page A3.


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