A 22-year-old man was sentenced to two years of house arrest Monday, stemming from his capture last year with two grams of cocaine.
Bryan Giebelhaus pleaded guilty to a single count of possession for the purposes of trafficking and was handed the sentence, which will see him confined to his house permanently for the first year and then under a daily curfew for the second.
Giebelhaus fell under the scrutiny of the local drug unit last year and was arrested in his vehicle on June 4, 2010.
The cocaine was packaged into four “spitballs” and Giebelhaus’ truck, a Ford F-150, was seized as part of the investigation.
After he was initially arrested, Giebelhaus failed to report to police, as required under his bail conditions, and he also pleaded guilty to that charge. His lawyer explained it was more of a misunderstanding and that Giebelhaus reported regularly after that.
The Crown and defence both argued for the conditional sentence noting his lack of criminal record and relative youth.
Judge Bruce Garriock agreed and said it did not appear Giebelhaus would have any further involvement with the system.
“It appears this is a one-off transaction.”
Under the terms of the house arrest the first 12 months will be a complete house arrest, which will only allow Giebelhaus out for work and a handful of other exceptions. The second year will see him bound by a nightly curfew.
He will also be prohibited from consuming any alcohol or drugs during the entire term. The Crown has agreed that his seized truck could be returned.
A 16-year-old girl faces a hefty bill to pay back a local grocer for gift card she used but did not own.
The girl, who can not be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty to a single count of theft for the incident, that saw her use $3,533.11 in Superstore gift cards over a four-day period last December.
Citing her lack of a criminal record and moves she had already made to pay it back, Crown prosecutor John Donahoe agreed to a sentence that put the young woman on probation for nine months.
The girl came to court Monday with $1,500 ready to repay.
The major condition of her probation is a requirement to repay the remaining balance.
If she lives up to that condition she will not receive a criminal record.