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Wrong crowd

A Manitoba man who “got involved with the wrong crowd” has received a conditional discharge for selling illegal drugs.

Trevor Jonathan Murray pleaded guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking in St. Albert court Monday.

Murray was living in a West Edmonton home with Bryce Raymond Borlee, a man who was convicted last month for dealing drugs in Edmonton and St. Albert.

The house was one block away from an elementary school and two blocks away from a junior high school.

Court heard Murray only lived with Borlee for a few weeks before the home was raided.

At the time, Murray had a small amount of marijuana in his possession and admitted to police that he sold some to a few friends.

Murray was a “social trafficker”, federal crown prosecutor Jeremy Newton told the court, and cooperated with police from the very beginning.

The Crown sought a $500 fine penalty while defence counsel Nicole Patterson asked for a conditional discharge.

The charges arose from his admission of guilt and Borlee was the “main player,” she said.

Murray has no prior criminal record. He voluntarily stopped drinking and doing drugs since he was caught.

Judge Bruce Garriock recognized the charges against the 22-year-old as a “one-off situation.”

He handed Murray a conditional discharge with 15 months probation. If Murray does not abide by court ordered conditions – to abstain from the possession and use of non-prescribed drugs and complete 40 hours of community service – the charges could be brought back to court and he could be re-sentenced.

Murray’s former roommate and landlord Borlee was given the mandatory minimum sentence for drug trafficking – two years in prison and a weapons prohibition for 10 years.

Stolen truck

A man was sentenced to two weeks in jail for stealing his girlfriend’s truck and damaging it.

Cole Dillon Krusto appeared in court Monday via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre. He pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and mischief causing property damage.

Court heard Krusto was one of two men RCMP found sitting in a black truck at a construction site near Mission Avenue just after midnight on July 29, 2013.

When officers approached, the two men ran towards nearby school grounds. A police dog was used to track them down.

Officers determined the truck was not registered to either of them. They also found beer cans and tools next to the truck, which was stuck on the roadway.

An hour after fleeing, one of the men – Krusto – returned to his girlfriend’s home with the keys to the truck he had taken from her earlier. The transmission had been damaged and the vehicle was later determined to be inoperable.

Court heard the 24-year-old native of Ontario has previously done jail time for uttering threats, mischief and driving while over the legal blood alcohol limit.

He was given a sentence of 14 days on top of a sentence he is already serving for different charges.


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