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No jail time for woman involved in North Okanagan car chase

December 11, 2020 - 2:27 PM

A woman originally charged with the attempted murder of several RCMP officers has had all but one of the charges against her stayed by Crown prosecutors, and will likely not get a criminal record if she adheres to the terms of her probation.

Jennifer Singleton, born 1988, pleaded guilty to one charge of being in a vehicle while knowing a prohibited firearm was also in the vehicle at the Vernon courthouse, Dec. 8. Crown prosecutors stayed 13 other charges against her.

She was sentenced to a conditional discharge and 12 months probation, as well as a 10-year firearms ban. The sentence means that provided Singleton does not breach the conditions of her probation she will not have a criminal record.

The RCMP has released few details of the incident that took place between Falkland and Westwold in December 2019. RCMP had said a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Falkland area escalated and shots were fired as the vehicle fled police. Officers stopped the vehicle with a spike belt outside of Westwold and arrested Singleton, along with the co-accused in the case, Darwyn Allen Curtis Sellars.

They were both charged with multiple offences including the attempted murder of three police officers, flight from police and firearms offences.

Sellars is scheduled to plead guilty next year to some of the 15 charges against him. Which of these charges he'll plead guilty to is not yet known, although it is unlikely he'll plead guilty to the attempted murder charges, as it is notoriously difficult to prove in court.

Along with the attempted murder file, Sellars is due to plead guilty on several other files containing more than a dozen charges from Abbotsford, Merritt, Kamloops and Williams Lake.

Some of the charges relate to an armed robbery that took place in Merritt, the day before he allegedly shot at police near Falkland.

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