Marystown woman sentenced to house arrest
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.