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Woman sentencedto 30 months


By Shurtz, Delon on December 21, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A woman who is still waiting to be sentenced for setting fire to two Lethbridge residences during the summer is going to prison for robbing a convenience store.

Tila Bailey Scout was sentenced to 30 months in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of robbery, being disguised to commit an indictable offence, and using an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence.

Court was told Scout and another individual were wearing masks when they entered the Circle K/Esso gas station in the 300 block of Bluefox Boulevard North about 4:50 a.m. Aug. 16.

Crown prosecutor Clayton Giles said Scout waived a “gun-like” object around and the couple made off with cigarettes, a small amount of cash and some gasoline. The incident was caught by a surveillance camera, and when Scout was arrested she “stepped up to the plate,” confessed to police and admitted she is the one who brought the “gun.”

Lethbridge lawyer Jeremy DeBow said his client is remorseful and was forthright with officials from the start. He said Scout never asked for bail and intended from the beginning to take responsibility for her actions. DeBow pointed out Scout is a kind, intelligent person who went off the rails for the first time in her life.

Giles noted that even though the mother of three does not have a previous criminal record, she “jumped into the deep end of the pool” for her first offence. He reminded court that the starting point for robbery is three years, but recommended a lesser sentence for her guilty plea and lack of criminal record,

Scout was also given credit fot 179 days already spent in custody, reducing her time to 24 months. She must submit a sample of her DNA for the National DNA Databank, and she is prohibited from possessing certain weapons for 10 years and others for life.

Scout also pleaded guilty in October to two counts of arson, but sentencing has been adjourned to next month.

A few days after the robbery Scout set fire to a fourplex on 9 Avenue North by placing several items inside an oven, including an aerosol can, toilet paper, coffee filters and clothing. She turned on the oven and started a fire causing about $50,000 in damage. On the same day, only a couple of blocks away, Scout lit a fire in the bedroom of her aunt’s residence. Damage to that home is estimated at about $20,000.

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