By Shurtz, Delon on November 22, 2019.
A former Lethbridge man who robbed a convenience store 18 months ago barely avoided being sent to jail Thursday.
The Crown, during a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, had recommended a jail sentence of nine to 12 months, but Judge John Maher consented to a defence request for probation after hearing how the young man completely changed his life after the offence.
Jayden John Henderson pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of robbery, and admitted he was intoxicated when he and some friends entered a northside 7-Eleven May 29, 2018 and began taking and eating taquitos. When the clerk confronted the individuals, Henderson threatened to stab and kill him.
“There is no escaping this is a serious offence,” Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen told the judge.
She pointed out the impact on the clerk was significant, and he not only suffers from fear and anxiety but he was unable to work for some time afterward.
Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford said even though his 20-year-old client had initially pleaded not guilty, he decided to change his plea during a preliminary hearing earlier this year when he watched a store surveillance video and was shocked at his drunken behaviour.
Hadford said Henderson, who now lives and works in B.C., has “utterly changed his character,” and has dealt with his severe addition to alcohol. He added his client, who does not have a criminal record, is also sincerely remorseful and appears to be “totally rehabilitated.”
Maher gave Henderson a two-year suspended sentence and placed him on probation. He is also prohibited from possessing certain weapons for 10 years and others for life.
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