Michelle LeRiche to be sen­tenced June 28

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FARRELL [email protected]­erngazette.ca

GRAND BANK, N.L.— Jus­tice San­dra Chay­tor heard sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions in the trial of Michelle LeRiche in Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador in Grand Bank on Thurs­day, June 21.

In April, the 43-year-old, who re­sides in For­tune, pleaded guilty to charges of theft ex­ceed­ing $5,000 and three counts of forgery.

In­for­ma­tion found in the agreed state­ment of facts pro­vided to The South­ern Gazette by the court show that dur­ing her time as trea­surer of the United Towns Mi­nor Hocker As­so­ci­a­tion, from 2015-2017, LeRiche had stolen a to­tal of $53,000.

She later told po­lice she had taken the money be­cause she had drug and gam­bling prob­lems.

Al­li­son Man­ning en­tered sub­mis­sions on be­half of the Crown, seek­ing a pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion of six months to be served in the prov­ince.

Man­ning ad­vised Jus­tice Chay­tor the Crown would also be seek­ing a two-year pe­riod of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion, coun­selling for drug and gam­bling ad­dic­tions, an or­der that LeRiche can­not en­ter a li­censed estab­lish­ment with Video Lottery Ter­mi­nals (VLTs) as well as a stand­alone resti­tu­tion or­der in the amount of $53,000.

Marc Evans, coun­cil for the ac­cused sub­mit­ted a counter ar­gu­ment ask­ing the court to con­sider a pe­riod of three months in­car­cer­a­tion to be served in­ter­mit­tently. Evans noted LeRiche’s concern over who would care for her youngest child while she is in­car­cer­ated.

Evans also asked the court to con­sider a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion of three years, with one of the con­di­tions be­ing LeRiche pay resti­tu­tion to the as­so­ci­a­tion in the amount of $9,000 to be paid over the three-year pe­riod.

When given the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress the court LeRiche apol­o­gized to the court and to her fam­ily for what she had done. “Be­cause of what I did, they couldn’t play the thing that they loved most to do,” she said.

Jus­tice Chay­tor will de­liver her de­ci­sion on sen­tenc­ing on June 28 at 1:30 p.m.

COLIN FARRELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Michelle LeRiche will re­turn to court for sen­tenc­ing on June 28 at 1:30.

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