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Peace region court

Sentences, fines, recognizances, and more.
Dawson Creek Court2
DC Courthouse.

Dawson Creek

• Sheldon Jeremy Caldwell (born 1971) was sentenced to 165 days jail, and issued one-year probation and three-year criminal driving prohibition for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code, and possession of stolen property under $5000, all committed in Dawson Creek in September 2020. Caldwell was sentenced to 165 days jail, and issued one-year probation and three-year criminal driving prohibition for dangerous driving and driving while disqualified under the Criminal Code, committed in Prince George in June 2020. Caldwell was sentenced to 13 days jail and one year probation for mischief $5000 or under, committed in Dawson Creek in May 2021. Caldwell was sentenced to 60 days jail for breaching probation in Dawson Creek in May and July 2020.

• Dennis Earl Junior Jensen (born 1983) was sentenced to time served with two years probation, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for assault and breaching release orders, both committed in Moberly Lake in June 2020.

• Dustin Bayard Steeves (born 1979) was issued a one year $500 recognizance after allegation of causing fear of injury or damage in Dawson Creek in January 2021.

Fort St. John

• Sheldon Braun (born 1970) was given a nine-month conditional sentence with 12 months probation, issued a five-year firearms prohibition, and ordered to submit a DNA sample for assault, committed in Taylor in October 2019.

• Ryszard Aleksander Walancik (born 1984) was granted a conditional discharge with 18 months probation, and issued a 10-year mandatory firearms prohibition for criminal harassment, committed in Charlie Lake in January 2018.

• Billy Joe George Brertton (born 1976) was sentenced to time served with one year probation for uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and breaching release orders in Fort St. John in March 2021. Brertton was sentenced to time served for breaching release orders in Chetwynd in November 2020.

• William Joseph Davis (born 1962) was given a suspended sentence with six months probation for causing a disturbance in Fort St. John in January 2020.

• Brandon Tyler Christison (born 1988) was fined $1000 and given one year probation for fleeing from police in Fort St. John in July 2017.

• Kelsey Irene Edith Apsassin-Yellowknee (born 1997) was issued a one year $500 recognizance after allegation of causing fear of injury or damage in Fort St. John in December 2020.

 

Notes on sentencing

Suspended sentence: The judge convicts the accused but suspends sentencing, and instead releases them on conditions set out in a probation order.

Conditional sentence: The judge gives the accused a jail term, but allows them to serve it in the community as long as they follow certain conditions. Often called house arrest.

Conditional discharge: Means the accused’s record won’t show a conviction if they meet conditions the judge sets out in a probation order.

Recognizance after allegation: An agreement to keep the peace and be of good behaviour when the court finds there are reasonable grounds that a person will commit an offence.