January 15th, 2021

Woman gets probation for assault and mischief


By Delon Shurtz on November 25, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 30-year-old woman won’t have to go to jail for assaulting her own mother, but she will be on probation for a year.

Randa Shot Both Sides pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to single charges of assault and mischief causing damage, and received a suspended sentence, in addition to the period of probation. During her probation she must behave herself, abstain from consuming alcohol and drugs, and not possess any weapons. She must also be assessed and take counselling for substance abuse, anger management and life skills.

At about 8 p.m. on May 26, Shot Both Sides was drinking with her mother in her mother’s home when Shot Both Sides asked her mother to drive her to her drug dealer so she could purchase drugs.

Her mother refused and Shot Both Sides became angry and began throwing things in the house. When her mother refused a second time, Shot Both Sides “shoved” her onto a mattress on the floor.

Shot Both Sides demanded a ride a third time, but when her mother again refused, Shot Both Sides demanded her cellphone and car keys, then told her mother she was going to beat her up, stab her, and bust up her home.

The victim ran to a neighbour’s home, and while there her daughter smashed the front window of her home and broke a TV.

Shot Both Sides also pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to appear in court and single charges of mischief causing damage and theft under $5,000.

Last February Shot Both Sides walked into the bathroom at a Cardston gas station and didn’t leave until employees grew concerned and checked on her. Angry that she was told to leave, Shot Both Sides knocked over and damaged a shelf of food.

The same month Shot Both Sides was in the home of her former commonlaw spouse and stole his cellphone.

Shot Both Sides was sentenced to one day in jail for each charge of failing to attend court, and fined $250 for each charge of mischief and theft. Instead of paying the fines, however, Shot Both Sides opted to spend the default time of four days in jail.

Lethbridge lawyer Vincent Guinan said his client was struggling with addictions at the time of the offences, but is doing better.

Shot Both Sides told court she has applied to enter a detox program and receive treatment for her addictions.

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