PENTICTON - A woman arrested in Kaleden following a police chase in February had her conditional sentence collapsed and will spend the remainder behind bars.
Amanda Marie Sach was arrested following flight from police that took her into Kaleden on February 14, 2017. She was subsequently charged with flight from police and possession of firearms.
Sach appeared via video in court this morning, June 9, for a conditional sentence hearing.
Defence lawyer Kathryn Lundman said her client was arrested for breaching a conditional sentence order on May 19 and has been in jail since that time.
“She did not admit to breaching at that time, but admits it now and the time that she has been doing, dead time, is essentially her penalty,” Lundman said. Her conditional sentence order collapsed, leaving Sach with 12 months' jail time to serve.
Crown Prosecutor Nashina Devji told court when Judge Gale Sinclair imposed sentence on Sach, he struggled with the prospect of a conditional sentence or straight jail time, opting for part time jail so Sach could seek treatment.
“He did say, if there’s a breach of the order, I want Ms. Sach brought before me so I can lay down the hammer,” Devji said.
Sach was originally scheduled for release on a Sunday, but was released Saturday instead, and with nowhere to go, ended up at a friend’s where she “went off the rails,” missing her treatment schedule.
Devji said Sach planned to take some programs while in jail in an effort to improve herself and move on.
Judge Meg Shaw said she hoped Sach would take any programs available in jail to help her in becoming independent once back in the community.
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