Four month sentence for multiple charges

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A 29-year-old Bonnyville woman pled guilty to five charges, and was sentenced to 120 days behind bars as a result.

Two counts of failing to comply with conditions, break and enter not a dwelling, resisting a peace officer, and assaulting a peace officer were the charges Sabrina-Lynn Runions faced when she appeared in the Bonnyville Provincial Courthouse on Tuesday, June 5.

Pleading guilty via CCTV, Runions admitted she barely remembered some of the incidents.

On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, local RCMP were called by the manager of a local motel, who was claiming two people had broken into one of the rooms through a window and barricaded themselves inside.

Runions, and her co-accused James Yukim, were identified as possible suspects.

Police later located, arrested, and charged the pair in relation to the incident, resulting in Runions breaking and entering not a dwelling charge.

Several months later, on March 19, at around 12 p.m., local RCMP received a report of a disturbance in the Bonnyville Provincial Building. A Fish and Wildlife Officer was attempting to arrest a male Runions had been with at the time.

According to Crown prosecutor Jordan Kerr, Runions was yelling at the officer, and at one point attempted to punch him.

This was an incident Runions admits she can’t recall.

On April 17, RCMP were called about Runions causing a disturbance at a Bonnyville residence. This was the same day she was supposed to appear in court and failed to.

Officers found Runions walking down the street and took her back to the detachment.

While trying to put her in cells, she tried to kick one of the officers.

Runions admitted she has struggled with alcohol in the past, and because she suffers from a brain injury, often forgets things.

“There does seem to be drug and alcohol issues, based on her record,” expressed Kerr, adding this was one of the reasons the Crown wasn’t seeking a period of probation.

After serving 45 days in custody, at an enhanced credit of 74 days, Runions had 46 left to serve at the time of her sentencing.

“I’ve been trying to be at my best behaviour… I find it hard at times, but I try hard to stay strong and stay out of trouble,” Runions told Honourable Judge Kathleen Williams.

Williams agreed putting Runions on a period of probation was “setting her up to fail.”

“We want you to do well outside of jail too,” she added.

 

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