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Man sentenced on mischief charge

By Shurtz, Delon on July 17, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A man with a lengthy criminal record involving mischief and other offences has received a short jail sentence for causing mischief again, most recently at a Lethbridge motel.

At about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 motel staff unlocked and opened the door to a laundry room and found Grant Tyler Williams and a woman inside.

Staff had locked the door at about 10 p.m. the previous day with no sign of the couple, “so it’s presumed they were hiding in that laundry room,” Crown Prosecutor Bruce Ainscough said Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court.

Ainscough said the clean linen had been used and strewn about the room, and it was soiled and stained, which supports the charge of mischief causing damage under $5,000.

Williams, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. However, he was given credit for time he has already spent in custody, leaving him with 16 days to serve.

Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly said it’s not clear if Williams, who suffers from “serious addiction issues,” was hiding in the laundry room or had passed out, but he did cause the damage described by the Crown.

Williams also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to attend court on Feb. 5, for which he was sentenced to one day in jail and which he will serve concurrently with the 30-day sentence. He also faces charges of stealing a credit card, possession of another person’s identity documents, theft under $5,000, and causing pain and injury to an animal. He returns to court on those matters Friday.

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