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Jail sentence expected as man pleads guilty to housebreaking


By Delon Shurtz on August 21, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Jordan James Sargeant expects to receive a jail sentence when he returns to court next month on charges of housebreaking to commit theft, criminal harassment and failure to comply with release conditions.
The southern Alberta man pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, but he won’t be sentenced until Sept. 29.
“He needs to put his affairs in order,” Lethbridge lawyer Greg White told the judge.
On Aug. 13, 2019 Sargeant broke into a rural, residential garage and stole an air compressor and gas can. Although the owners were not home, they had installed a security system, and while driving through Montana accessed their security surveillance camera using their cellphone and saw Sargeant on their property.
In an unrelated incident on May 15, 2020, Sargeant tried to return a cellphone to Walmart, but when staff would not accept the return, Sargeant pointed his fingers like a gun and said he would return.
Two days later he did return, and while yelling at security personnel, he pulled out what appeared to be a handgun, prompting security to retreat. Sargeant left before police arrived, but they found him a short time later, and found in his backpack a wallet and a C02 cartridge for an airsoft gun, but no gun.
“I didn’t point a gun at anybody,” Sargeant said.
The same month, while on release conditions not to have any contact with his mother or go to her residence, Sargeant went to her home. The woman heard a loud bang, and when she went to investigate she saw her son, who yelled at her and demanded to have the dog.
His mother told him to leave, but he went to the back door and kicked it in. As he advanced toward the frightened woman, the dog appeared and Sargeant left with it.
Sargeant admitted breaking into his mother’s house, but added he paid a contractor to fix the door the next day.
The Crown and defence are expected to present the judge with a joint submission for sentencing when the matter is back in court next month.

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