Sen­tenc­ing de­layed in bigamy, fraud case of Cum­ber­land County man


A Went­worth man who pled guilty to bigamy and mul­ti­ple charges of fraud is to be sen­tenced Oct. 16.

Ja­son Keith Gid­dens, 43, was sched­uled for sen­tenc­ing on Mon­day in Truro, but pro­vin­cial court Judge War­ren Zim­mer re­served his de­ci­sion un­til the Oc­to­ber date af­ter lis­ten­ing to lengthy sub­mis­sions by both the Crown and de­fense at­tor­neys.

Gid­dens pre­vi­ously pled guilty to bigamy af­ter be­com­ing mar­ried to Danielle Pinkney of Truro while still legally mar­ried to an­other woman.

He also pled guilty to forgery in re­la­tion to a doc­u­ment that was pre­sented as le­gal di­vorce pa­pers, prior to mar­ry­ing Pinkney at a cer­e­mony in Maine in Au­gust 2012.

Gid­dens fur­ther pled guilty to seven counts of fraud to­talling al­most $23,000. Those charges stemmed from il­le­gal shares that Gid­den sold to seven in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Pinkney’s fam­ily.

“It wasn’t worth, ob­vi­ously, the pa­per it was printed on,” Crown at­tor­ney Rick Hartlen told the court, re­gard­ing the shares, dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sion.

Hartlen has rec­om­mended 12 months in jail fol­lowed by a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion and resti­tu­tion of all the money lost by Gid­dens’s vic­tims.

Le­gal Aid de­fence lawyer Ni­co­las Hoehne rec­om­mended two year’s pro­ba­tion or else no more than a 90-day jail sen­tence to be served in­ter­mit­tently, fol­lowed by a one-year con­di­tional sen­tence.

Gid­dens does have a prior crim­i­nal record and Hoehne said a jail sen­tence would serve no use­ful pur­pose in this case and would re­strict his client’s abil­ity to make resti­tu­tion.

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