June 22nd, 2024

Woman wants robbery charge withdrawn

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on May 23, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A woman charged with robbery in relation to a theft from a charitable business in Raymond hopes her charge will be withdrawn.

Edmonton lawyer Brian Hurley appeared in Lethbridge court of justice Wednesday hoping to resolve the charge against his client, Megan Sheridan of Magrath. However, the Crown prosecutor said he was not aware of any agreement between his office and the defence, and was unable to proceed.

“I don’t have anything other than the indication that on May 8 it was adjourned to today’s date for election and plea,” Crown Prosecutor Michael Fox said.

Hurley, on the other hand, said he understood from another Crown prosecutor that the charge would be withdrawn after Sheridan’s husband was sentenced Tuesday.

“It was my understanding that upon accepting the plea from the husband, the Crown was going to consider withdrawing against the wife,” Hurley told court.

Jayme Leroy Sheridan, 35, was handed a 90-day conditional sentence, after he pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft under $5,000. He will serve half his sentence under 24-hour house arrest, followed by curfew everyday between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the remainder of his sentence.

Jayme, who was initially charged with robbery and being disguised with intent to commit an indictable offence, walked into the Southern Community Food Security Pantry and Thrift Store at about 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 and began browsing. He was wearing sunglasses and a cloth over part of his face, and asked the clerk if there was money in the cash register, to which she replied it only contained the “float.”

“The individual then stated, ‘then give me all the money you’ve got,’ ” Crown Prosecutor Robert Morrison told court.

Jayme was given $110 then left the store, but he was caught on video surveillance, the photos and video of which were circulated among police, who then appealed to the public to help identify him. Two individuals, a man who used to work with the offender and Jayme’s stepdaughter, identified him.

Although the woman’s alleged involvement was not part of her husband’s sentencing Tuesday, police reported in a news release that following the crime, Jayme fled in a vehicle waiting for him outside the store.

The matter for Megan has been adjourned to next Wednesday to allow time for the Crown to determine the next step.

“I will converse with Mr. Morrison, and if necessary have it brought forward to deal with the termination, if that is in fact what’s going to happen,” Fox said. “I simply don’t have any instructions.”

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