Woodstock Provincial Court: Prison sentence for woman convicted of robbery with violence; 30-day assessment for man charged with assault and mischief

by | Oct 24, 2023

Two years in prison for robbery with violence

Janis Buchanan, 28, of Perth-Andover, was sentenced on Oct. 24 to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbery with violence. She appeared in provincial court in custody by video for her sentencing hearing. 

Judge Natalie H. LeBlanc also ordered Buchanan to register with the federal DNA database and imposed a 10-year ban on firearms.  

Judge LeBlanc told the court Buchanan committed a violent act to obtain property from another person. The judge noted the accused’s criminal record also contained previous convictions involving violence. LeBlanc advised Buchanan to get the help she needed by accessing programs available in the federal prison system.

Buchanan acknowledged that she needed to change her life and stay away from drugs and her circle of friends to avoid further criminality. She said she intended to get help with anger management and drug addiction during her incarceration.

Crown Prosecutor Samantha Goodine explained the victim in the case first met Buchanan on Facebook. The man went to pick her up on the Back Greenfield Road on May 29, where Buchanan and two other individuals assaulted him. They drove him home to Florenceville-Bristol, attacked him again, and stole his vehicle, wallet and cell phone.

Defence Counsel Alex Carleton said Buchanan’s life was rife with domestic violence and drug addiction. He said she planned to get the help while in prison and then move on with her life.

A co-accused, Wyatt DeLong, 28, of Cloverdale, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 17 for plea on four charges. His matter was adjourned until Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

DeLong was charged with discharging a firearm with intent, flight from police, dangerous driving and breach of probation in connection with an incident on July 14 at Florenceville-Bristol when shots were allegedly fired at a police officer. 

He and Buchanan were arrested after a manhunt in Victoria County in connection with a series of incidents in the upper river valley.

Sent for 30-day mental health assessment

Lucas Green, 19, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 23 for a bail hearing by video in Fredericton. He was remanded for a 30-day mental health assessment at the Restigouche hospital and returns to court for a fitness hearing on Nov. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

RCMP charged Green with assaulting another man and committing mischief, causing property damage to a vehicle in connection with an incident on Oct. 19 at Richmond Corner. 

Arrested and held for bail hearing

Christopher Elliott, 33, of Weaver, appeared in provincial court in custody via teleconference on Oct. 24 and was remanded to jail to await a bail hearing. He was arrested on a warrant after he failed to appear for trial. He returns to court in custody by video on Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. to set a date for his bail hearing.

Elliott was charged by RCMP with resisting arrest and possession of ammunition while prohibited for an incident on Oct. 23. He was also charged with failing to appear in court for his trial in Woodstock on Aug. 23. 

Elliott pleaded not guilty to firearm charges on April 18, and his trial date was set. He was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence concerning an incident on November 4, 2020, at Gladwyn. He was also charged under the Fish and Wildlife Act with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a firearm without a licence, and hunting without a license on Nov. 4, 2020.

Elliott and Amber Holt, 32, of Bluebell, are jointly charged by RCMP with possession of a firearm without a licence (.22 Magnum rifle) and careless use of a firearm for another incident on June 22, 2022, in Weaver. Elliott was also charged with possessing a firearm while prohibited from having it in connection with the same incident in Weaver. Holt is currently in custody, awaiting sentencing on numerous charges.

Plea adjourned on drug trafficking charges 

Keith Reid, 33, of Fredericton, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 24 to answer drug trafficking charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned for plea until Nov. 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Reid appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 13 and was denied bail. He was charged by RCMP with possession of methamphetamine and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm (a shotgun) without a licence, and improper storage of a firearm in connection with an incident on Oct. 3 in Hartland. He also faces two counts of breaching a release order, including other matters in Fredericton.

A press release from the RCMP said the charges were laid after a vehicle was stopped in Woodstock, and the driver was arrested at the scene. A search of the individual led to the seizure of a quantity of crystal meth. A 19-year-old female passenger was also found in possession of meth pills and crystal meth and was released from custody until her court appearance. 

Police also executed a search warrant at a residence on Main Street in Hartland, where cocaine, crystal meth, meth pills, a loaded shotgun, shotgun shells, weapons and drug paraphernalia were found as part of the investigation.

Arrested and released from custody 

Maxwell Giberson, 29, of Florenceville-Bristol, appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 24 and was released with conditions. He returns to court for plea on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Giberson was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 5. He turned himself in to the sheriff at the Woodstock courthouse on Tuesday. Woodstock Police charged him with breach of probation. 

Judge Natalie H. LeBlanc ordered him to have no contact with the complainants without the authorization of Social Development and to attend court as required.

Perth-Andover woman charged with fraud, forgery

Faith York of Perth-Andover appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 to answer fraud and forgery charges laid by RCMP. She returns to court for plea on Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

York is charged with uttering forged documents (cheques) and defrauding a bank of $5,747 concerning incidents at Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) between June 13, 2022, and July 4, 2022.

Sentencing delayed for Hartland man

Jonathon Daniel Stockford, 35, of Hartland, will appear in provincial court for sentencing on Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. after changing his plea to guilty on charges laid by RCMP and Woodstock Police. 

He was scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 24, but the matter was adjourned to the new date to allow for the transfer of more charges from Saint John and Fredericton. Stockford intends to plead guilty to those charges at this next court appearance.

Stockford appeared in court in custody on Sept. 14 and pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a release order and committing mischief by damaging an ankle bracelet for an incident on March 28 at Hartland. He was later released with conditions.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property (a motorcycle), breach of probation, and breaching his curfew for an incident on Oct. 12, 2022, in Woodstock; and guilty to theft, stemming from a separate incident on July 4, 2022, at the Atlantic Superstore in Woodstock.

Stockford was scheduled to appear in provincial court for plea in November but failed to appear after being arrested on other charges in Fredericton and Saint John. He had been in custody since April. 

Awaiting plea on two charges

Joseph Sockabasin, 31, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), will appear in provincial court on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. to answer two assault charges. He was scheduled for plea on Oct. 24 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

RCMP charged Sockabasin with two counts of assault with a weapon (a paintball gun) in connection with an incident on June 25 at Neqotkuk. The charges involve two minors.

Returning to court for plea

Mitchell LaFrance of Perth appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 to answer several charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned for plea until Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. to allow him more time to secure legal counsel.

LaFrance appeared in court in custody on Oct. 5 for his bail hearing and was released with conditions. RCMP charged him with breaching an undertaking by failing to comply with a no-contact order in connection with an incident involving a female victim on Oct. 2 at East Brighton. He was also charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment for incidents involving the same complainant between Aug. 28 and Sept. 25.

Sentencing rescheduled for Woodstock man

Jonathon Perry Bustard, 44, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Oct. 24 for his sentencing hearing. The matter was adjourned until Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Bustard appeared in court in custody by video on Sept. 26 and pleaded guilty to three charges laid by Woodstock Police. He was charged with breaking into a dwelling house, indictable assault against another man, and breach of a peace bond concerning an incident on July 19 at a residence in Woodstock. He waived his bail at a court appearance on July 27.

Nowlan facing more charges

Jerod Nowlan, 40, of Woodstock First Nation, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 to answer new charges laid by RCMP. He returns to court for plea on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Nowlan faces charges of possessing a firearm without a licence (a rifle), improper storage of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with the serial number altered concerning an incident on July 27 at Rosedale.

Nowlan is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on Aug. 8, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to an assault charge. RCMP charged him with assault on a minor in connection with an incident between April 1 and April 30 in Coldstream. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 12. His trial was first set for Dec. 14 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

In custody awaiting two trials

Curtis Brent Hatheway, 43, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 24 and pleaded not guilty to all charges against him by Woodstock Police. 

Trial dates were set for Jan. 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

A monitoring date was also set for Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. 

Hatheway waived his bail until later. Woodstock Police charged him with assaulting a female victim, assault by choking, uttering threats and breaching a release order for an incident on Sept. 25 in Woodstock. The court heard he is also facing other separate charges in Moncton.

Hatheway appeared in provincial court in custody by video on July 6 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant and to attend court as required but was later brought back into custody.

Woodstock Police also charged Hatheway with assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of a release order stemming from an incident on June 22 in Woodstock. 

He was also charged by Woodstock Police with assault with a weapon (a shovel), assault involving a female victim, breach of a release order, and breach of probation following another incident on May 9 in Woodstock. Another charge of breach of curfew was also laid for an incident on May 17.

Trial set for aggravated assault

Tusha Mae Sawyer, 45, of Carlingford, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 and pleaded not guilty to two charges laid by RCMP. Her trial date was set for Aug. 12, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. She was released on an undertaking until her trial.

Sawyer was charged with aggravated assault against another woman and indictable breach of probation in connection with an incident on July 29 at Gladwyn. The court heard she was also subject to a release order on Aug. 3.

Charged with assault with utility knife

Gregory Sparks, 23, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Sparks was charged with assault with a weapon (a utility knife) involving a female victim and uttering threats concerning an incident on April 20 at Centreville. 

The court heard Sparks is also facing other charges in Fredericton. He was released on an undertaking until his next court appearance.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Braxton Denny, 23, of Woodstock, after he failed to appear in provincial court on Oct. 24 to answer charges laid by RCMP. 

Denny appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 11 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. He was charged with breaking into a dwelling house and committing mischief concerning an incident on Feb. 18 in Woodstock. 

Denny is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on March 4, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other charges laid by RCMP. 

Denny was charged with committing mischief causing property damage and breach of an undertaking on Dec. 9, 2022, at Upper Woodstock, and two counts of assault and committing mischief causing property damage on Dec. 8, 2022, at Upper Woodstock. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to attend court and was released with conditions. Denny entered his not-guilty pleas at a court appearance on April 25.

Arthurette man facing two charges

Brian Clohosy, 53, of Arthurette, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on two charges laid by RCMP. The matter was scheduled for plea on Oct. 24 but was adjourned to the new date.

Clohosy was charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment following an incident on June 26 at Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). He made his first court appearance on Sept. 26.

Neqotkuk man facing multiple charges

Nicholas Paul of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) appeared in provincial court on Oct. 24 for plea on multiple charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Paul was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, breach of probation and possession of a stolen credit card for an incident on Sept. 12 in Hartland; theft from a store in Carlingford on Aug. 30; two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of suspended driving, and two counts of flight from police for incidents on Aug. 8 and Aug. 11 in Perth Andover.

He appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Oct. 4 for a bail hearing. He was released with conditions, including house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. 

Paul was also charged with flight from police and break, enter and theft at a storage shed following an incident on Sept. 4, 2022, at Perth-Andover. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for April 26, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. He confirmed he has secured legal counsel for his trial.

Nicholas Paul and Jennifer Paul were each charged by RCMP with theft of a motor vehicle (a 2013 Volkswagon Jetta), possession of stolen property, obstructing police, possession of a firearm without a license, careless use of a firearm, and breach of an undertaking following incidents on Dec. 3, 2021, in Grand Falls and Neqotkuk. 

Their not-guilty pleas were entered at a court appearance on March 21, and a trial date was set for Jan. 11, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Bloomfield man charged with uttering threats

Jacob Kenneth Greer, 23, of Bloomfield, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. to answer a threat charge.

RCMP charged Greer with uttering threats involving a female victim concerning an incident on July 29 near Glassville. He appeared in court on Oct. 24 when the matter was adjourned to the new date to allow him more time to obtain disclosure from the crown.

Woodstock man to enter plea

Clifford Joseph Lozier, 61, of Woodstock, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. to answer one charge laid by Woodstock Police.

Lozier was charged with uttering threats against another man following an incident on June 4 in Woodstock. He made his first court appearance on Oct. 24, when the matter was adjourned to the new date. 

Charged with impaired driving 

Alexander St. Peter, 26, of Arthurette, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. to answer a charge of impaired driving.

RCMP charged St. Peter in connection with an incident on July 29 at Bedell. He made his first court appearance on Oct. 24, when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

Nine arrest warrants issued

A total of nine arrest warrants are outstanding for Brittany Francis, 34, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). Judge Natalie H. LeBlanc reminded the court about the warrants on Oct. 24.

Francis appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on July 14 and was released with conditions. She was charged with breach of a release order and pleaded guilty. She failed to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 16.

She also appeared in custody on June 19 after being arrested on a warrant. 

RCMP charged Francis with shoplifting at the Maliseet Gas Bar in Neqotkuk on June 30, 2022, and two counts of failing to appear in court on Oct. 11, 2022, and again on April 25. She pleaded guilty to the theft and one count of failing to attend court.

Trial adjourned for Limestone man

A provincial court trial for Riley Cowper, 19, of Limestone, was adjourned to Aug. 14, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel. The crown consented to the adjournment on Oct. 24. 

RCMP charged Cowper with assault with a weapon (a hammer and tire iron) involving another man on March 23, 2022. He pleaded not guilty at an earlier court appearance, and a trial date was first set for Oct. 30. 

On June 26, Cowper and Jacob Jinson, 24, of Woodstock, elected trial by judge and jury on charges of indictable sexual assault and unlawful confinement. Their 10-day trial will be held at the Court of King’s Bench beginning on Sept. 23, 2024.

Cowper appeared in provincial court in custody by video on April 5 for a bail hearing and was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and breach of probation in connection with an incident on March 26 at Limestone. 

Jinson appeared in custody by video on April 3. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and indictable breach of probation concerning the same incident on March 26 at Limestone. He was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was later brought back into custody.

Jinson appeared in provincial court in custody on Sept. 25 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. He returns to court in custody for plea on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. on new charges of resisting arrest and breaching his release order.

Jinson appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 22 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. RCMP charged him with breach of a release order by failing to follow a curfew in connection with an incident on Aug. 20 in Mainstream.

Jinson also appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 14 for a bail hearing and was released with conditions. RCMP charged Jinson with breach of a release order by violating electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet). That charge was laid concerning an incident on July 30 in Mainstream. 

He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for June 26, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. Jinson appeared in court in custody on Oct. 11 when the court heard that the trial date may have to be moved up.

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