Marys­town woman sen­tenced to house ar­rest

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FARRELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE MARYS­TOWN, NL

Kan­dis Dawn Re­nee Stod­dard, 23, has been sen­tenced to eight months house ar­rest for the theft of $2,680 from the cash regis­ter of a ho­tel in St. John’s. Over $1,900 was re­cov­ered.

Stod­dard was also charged with theft of a mem­ory card from Ayl­ward’s Home Hard­ware in Marys­town, and fail­ure to at­tend a sched­uled meet­ing with her pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer. While still on pro­ba­tion, she was also found in pos­ses­sion of a sy­ringe that con­tained co­caine.

In his re­port on sen­tenc­ing, Judge Porter wrote that Stod­dard had a se­ri­ous drug abuse prob­lem that re­sulted in her los­ing cus­tody of her daugh­ter, and saw her sen­tenced in the past to short terms of in­car­cer­a­tion, pro­ba­tion, and a resti­tu­tion or­der for theft, fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing trans­porta­tion, and breach of pro­ba­tion.

He added the young woman said she was steal­ing to sup­port her drug habit, but has given up drugs and is in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship.

“She has the sup­port of her fa­ther and her boyfriend, and is in the methadone pro­gram,” he wrote. “Given the chance, she wants to put the drug-re­lated crim­i­nal life­style be­hind her. As a re­sult, the ac­cused seeks a con­di­tional sen­tence for th­ese of­fences.”

Judge Porter also wrote in his de­ci­sion that the theft of­fences were com­mit­ted to fund drugs, and the breaches of pro­ba­tion are tied to the thefts, ex­cept for the fail­ure to re­port.

“The ac­cused says that she has turned a cor­ner,” the judge wrote. “Her coun­sel in­vites the court to con­trast the old pre­sen­tence re­port and the most re­cent re­port. She used to have a se­ri­ous drug prob­lem. Now she is on methadone, and has the drug prob­lem un­der con­trol. She is now in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship, and she is hop­ing to re-es­tab­lish con­tact with her three-year-old daugh­ter. Her boyfriend and her fa­ther are sup­port­ive of her ef­forts to turn her life around. There is rea­son to be op­ti­mistic about her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.”

Stod­dard must also pay $600 in vic­tim sur­charges, as well as a num­ber of ad­di­tional orders.

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