© Geraldine Brophy
Jake Williams is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
CORNER BROOK — Judge Kymil Howe handed down a sentence Tuesday crediting a young Deer Lake man with time served, which she said will give him a chance to get back on his feet.
“This will get you out of jail,” Howe told Jake Williams before sentencing him in provincial court in Corner Brook on five charges that stemmed from incidents that occurred this past summer.
Williams, 19, was first arrested on June 9 following a complaint of a disturbance involving two men in the parking lot of Colemans in Deer Lake.
After police arrived at the scene, Williams was informed he was under arrest, handcuffed and placed in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police vehicle. However, he managed to jump out of the car and attempted to flee the area. He was apprehended by officers and later charged with causing a disturbance and escaping from lawful custody.
Less than a month later, Williams was arrested and charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer and two breaches of conditions of an undertaking. At 6:20 a.m. on July 6, Williams was involved in an accident where a vehicle left the road in Cormack. He left the scene in a taxi while others remained.
When police located him he tried to mislead them by telling them there had been no accident in Cormack and that there was no vehicle off the road.
Police detected that Williams was intoxicated and were aware that he was on a recognizance not to consume alcohol and also that he was bound by a curfew between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Williams was released from custody at the time, however the recognizance he was on was cancelled at the end of August and he has been held ever since.
When Williams’ case was called in court on Tuesday morning, his lawyer, Jonathan Reagan, told Howe that he needed to speak with his client and believed the matters could then be resolved.
The case was set over to the afternoon. When it was called again, Reagan informed Howe that Williams was pleading guilty to all five charges and the matter proceeded to a sentencing hearing.
Howe handed out a suspended sentence on the June charges and placed Williams on probation for 12 months.
On the July charges she sentenced him to 30 days in jail on each charge to run concurrently and reduced that to time served. She said the probationary period applies to those charges as well.
Along with the statutory probation conditions, Howe ordered Williams not to possess or consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances for six months and to attend and actively participate in any educational, assessment or counselling programs recommended by his probation officer.
Howe told Williams that he seemed to have difficulty dealing with people in authority and that it seemed to her that unless he turned things around very quickly he would be spending a lot more time in jail.
Howe also said that he was not so old as to be considered beyond rehabilitation. “Not everything about you is bad,” she said.
However, she said Williams had to make an effort to comply with the law.