By Shurtz, Delon on May 20, 2020.
A Lethbridge man caught in a pickup truck earlier this year didn’t steal the vehicle, but he knew it was stolen.
That knowledge was enough to earn Cory Bruce Hagan a short custodial sentence, and Monday in Lethbridge provincial court he was sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000.
The truck had been stolen around Jan. 18 while the owner was on vacation, and “it appears” the truck was then used to haul additional items stolen from the property, Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles told court.
A couple of days later Hagan was a passenger in the vehicle with a known criminal, and although Hagan was not accused of stealing the truck, he knew it was stolen, but still chose, along with the driver, to exercise “care and control” of the vehicle.
Giles and Hagan’s lawyer both recommended a 45-day sentence, and Giles noted Hagan had received a 45-day jail sentence in February for possession of stolen property under $5,000.
“Mr. Hagan has a long and unenviable criminal record,” he told Judge Sylvia Oishi.
Although he received jail time, Hagan was given enhanced credit for time he already spent in custody since his arrest which completes his sentence.
Two other charges, housebreaking and possession of stolen property, were withdrawn.
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