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Cecile Marche, 18, enters provincial court in Corner Brook for sentencing Friday.
CORNER BROOK The young man arrested with a handgun outside a Deer Lake grocery store in June appeared relieved upon having to spend just over six more months in jail.
Cecile Marche, 18, was sentenced in provincial court in Corner Brook for 13 offences dating between March and June of this year.
Crown attorney Trina Simms had asked for between 18-24 months in jail, while legal-aid lawyer Peter Chaffey argued four to eight months was more appropriate.
Judge Kymil Howe calculated a total prison sentence of nearly a year for the various crimes, but said the sentence was too harsh for a young man who was being sentenced for the first time as an adult. She reduced the sentence by imposing concurrent jail time for offences which occurred in relation to each other. She also eliminated 78 days from the sentence, granting 1.5 daysâ€™ credit for time served.
From the gun incident in Deer Lake â€” which apparently did not involve a waving of the gun as was first reported to police â€” a drunken Marche was charged with uttering threats to a police officer and a Colemans employee, resisting arrest and kicking out the window of a police cruiser, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a gun without a licence, and various breaches.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of theft of jewelry from the home of his former girlfriendâ€™s mother, where he had lived, and kicking out the rear barricade of the police car when he was arrested for that crime. He also breached a court order at that time.
The third list of charges came from stealing energy drinks from a convenience store in Deer Lake. This was also a breach of a court order.
Marche, who was raised through about 30 foster homes, recently found himself homeless and without a job after becoming an adult, the court heard.
Howe told Marche she recognizes where he has come from, but the onus is on him as to where he is going now. She said she hopes he makes a better life for himself.