Man sentenced to six more months in custody for stealing truck | DrumhellerMail
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Man sentenced to six more months in custody for stealing truck

    A man who went on a spree of stealing merchandise and vehicles in southern Alberta more than a year ago was given six more months in jail for crimes committed in the Drumheller area. Jean Moquin appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday June 26, He pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000, possession of a motor vehicle exceeding $5,000 and possession for stolen property not exceeding $5,000.
     The court heard on January of 2008, the owner and other witnesses observed Moquin and a former girlfriend taking a Chev Tahoe. This led to a chase, and the couple was taken into custody after civilian drivers boxed in the vehicle.
    Police found in the trucka mountain bike, a lap top computer and various other pieces of electrical equipment. The investigation also found the couple had abandoned another vehicle at the scene of the theft of the Tahoe. This truck had been stolen earlier in the day from Bassano. In the theft and subsequent pursuit, there was $9,377 worth of damage caused to the Tahoe.
    The crown and defense offered a joint submission for a sentence of two years probation.
    Defense council Paul Gracias explained Moquin was in the depths of a serious addiction to Methamphetamine, but has since cleaned up the habit. Since the incident Moquin has spent a substantial amount of that time behind bars.
    Clozza used forceful language when he did not accept the join submission.
    “His father says it is time for him to accept the consequences of his actions. His father is right,” said Clozza.
    “Probation would be a waste of time money and resources.”
    Clozza reviewed his record, which contained property and breach offenses dating back to 2002.
    Clozza sentenced Moquin to 15 months on each charge to be served concurrently. He gave the accused nine months credit for time served, leaving six months to be served in custody.
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