Marijuana leads to conditional sentences in Stettler court

Producing and possessing marijuana has led to two young men getting conditional sentences in Stettler Provincial Court on Oct. 14.

“Marijuana is a stupid thing to get involved with,” said Judge H.D. Gaede.

Craig Edward Patterson, 19, of Tisdale, Saskatchewan was handed a 12-month conditional sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana when Stettler RCMP discovered 5.7 pounds of of the substance in 11 bags in the vehicle he was driving on Highway 12 near Erskine on Aug. 8.

Patterson was ordered by the judge to spend four months in house arrest whereby he must be in his residence 24 hours a day, seven days a week except for activities approved by his probation officer. After the first four months, a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a. m. takes effect, in addition to completion of 40 hours of community service, complete counseling and abstain from consuming alcohol and drugs. He will be able to serve his time in his home community

Sean Elliott Willits was handed a nine-month conditional sentence after he pleaded guilty to producing marijuana when police discovered 25 plants in his residence on Feb. 26.

“It is not likely you will get another chance for a conditional sentence if you do this again,” said Judge Gaede.

He was given a three-month house arrest to stay in his home for 24 hours a day seven days a week, followed by a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 30 hours of community services, and prohibited from drugs and alcohol.

Brandon D. Vickers was fined $1,150 when he pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

He was also suspended from driving for 90 days.

Tyler N. Stulberg was fined a total of $1,725 after he pleaded guilty to failing to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle collision after he drove his truck into a residence in Stettler on July 29.

He was driving 89 to 109 kilometers per hour in a zone marked 50 km/h and was intoxicated at the time.

“It’s pretty serious, the damage and the speed,” said Judge Gaede.

Billy McKee, 20, was fined $345 for breach of probation for consuming alcohol on Aug. 27 as he pleaded guilty.

“When we make these orders, they must be obeyed,” said Judge Gaede.

Zachary Paul Beagan was fined $230 for having an expired licence plate on his vehicle as he pleaded guilty.

Lyndon Sawatzky pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $145 for violating the Town of Stettler dog bylaw, with $80 for a dog running at large and $65 for failing to have a dog wear a collar or dog tag.