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Man sentenced for bartering with stolen property

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on January 5, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Using stolen property to barter for a pickup truck has netted an Alberta man a three-month jail sentence.

Tryggvi Jorgen Williamson was sentenced Thursday in Lethbridge court of justice, where he pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in stolen property and failing to comply with a non-communication order.

On Dec. 15, 2022 a Lethbridge man contacted police and said he had the previous month traded his 2006 Ford F150 to Williamson for two motorcycles and a cargo trailer. He later discovered one of the motorbikes, a 2012 Aprilia RSV4, had been stolen.

The buyer told police Williamson had contacted him on Facebook and said he had a list of items he could trade for the truck, and eventually the two reached an agreement in which Williamson would trade the Aprilia, as well as a 1970s Suzuki motorcycle and a 10-foot cargo trailer.

Williamson was charged with breaching the no-communication order on May 29 of last year after he had been denied bail a week earlier and ordered not to communicate with a specific woman while he was in custody. On June 7, a woman told police Williamson was breaching the order by contacting her niece through letters he wrote from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre.

Williamson had written letters to the woman, which also contained several letters to her niece and violated Williamson’s court order.

Defence told court Williamson was struggling with drugs at the time of the offences, but is now doing better.

“He seems to be doing better, not struggling with drugs like he was back then, so hopefully we won’t see him back before this court,” his lawyer said.

Williamson was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the breach charge, to run concurrently with the charge of trafficking in stolen property.

Although sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail, he was given credit for the equivalent of 90 days he has already spent in custody, which completes his sentence.

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