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UPDATE: Prison time for man who stole from 82-year-old woman at P.E.I. Credit Union

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A P.E.I. man who robbed an 82-year-old woman at knifepoint after she withdrew money from a bank machine was sentenced Wednesday to serve more than three years in prison.

Michael William Hollinger, 26, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing on 14 charges, some of which dated back to October 2018.

The court heard that on June 9, 2019, Hollinger robbed a woman who had just finished taking money out of an ATM at the Credit Union on University Avenue in Charlottetown.

Hollinger's face was covered and he had a knife in hand when he demanded the victim give him her PIN which she refused to divulge at first.

When she relented, Hollinger took a total of $600 from the woman’s account and stole her car, which had her purse in it.

The Credit Union reimbursed the victim for the money Hollinger took from her account.

Michael Hollinger. RCMP PHOTO
Michael Hollinger. RCMP PHOTO

During Wednesday’s proceedings, Crown attorney John Diamond also read details of Hollinger’s other offences, including a robbery at a convenience store in June where he took cigarettes and ran.

Diamond told the court the store owner chased Hollinger and caught him, but the accused pushed her away.

Hollinger’s other offences in 2018 included stealing poppy cans from The Noodle House in Charlottetown and two Tim Hortons restaurants.

Hollinger’s crimes continued in February 2019 when he pumped about $30 in gas into a stolen Toyota Camry and left without paying.

Later that day, he stole a carton of cigarettes from a convenience store.

After reading the agreed facts for all the offences, Diamond referred to a victim-impact statement from the woman Hollinger robbed at the ATM.

Diamond said the incident had a significant impact on the victim.

“She lost her sense of trust and innocence,” Diamond said.

Before hearing his sentence, Hollinger said he was “disgusted” with himself for his actions over the last year.

It’s not who he is, Hollinger said. “It’s who I am when I do drugs.”

In sentencing Hollinger, Douglas followed a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence, leaving him three years and six-and-a-half months to serve after credit for time already spent in custody.

That included three years for robbing the woman at the Credit Union.

Along with the jail time, Hollinger will be under a weapons prohibition for 10 years.

Hollinger must also pay a total of $678.02 in restitution, which includes the costs the robbery victim incurred for replacing her apartment key, her driver’s licence and her glasses that were in her purse.

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