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Jennine Porter sentenced to less than two years

Jennine Porter at Harbour Grace Provincial Court in September of 2016.
Jennine Porter at Harbour Grace Provincial Court in September of 2016.

HARBOUR GRACE, NL — Jennine Porter was sentenced to 639 days incarceration following a decision made in the Harbour Grace provincial courthouse on Thursday afternoon, June 29th.

The decision favoured Porter’s lawyer Lori Savory’s recommendation made during a sentencing hearing held a week prior. Savory’s recommendation came along with statements that Porter was willing to work on overcoming past issues with mental health and addiction.

Prior to the decision, Porter served 304 days remand, resulting in the initial sentence of 1095 days to be reduced to 639.

In 2016, Porter was arrested alongside Adam Stagg, Troy Dobbin, and a 15-year-old male following a police investigation into an incident where a Winterton man was robbed during what he thought was a date set up through online conversations.

During the decision, Judge Bruce Short noted Porter’s early guilty pleas and her involvement in putting a stop to a situation that could have ended much worse. However, Short also added that Porter’s involvement in creating a situation of extreme vulnerability for the complainant could not be ignored by the court, and that had Porter taken a different course of action, she could have saved the victim from a lot of trauma.

In mid-April of 2017, Porter pleaded guilty through her lawyer on a single-count charge of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence of robbery after the crown agreed to withdraw four other charges of extortion, robbery, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes.

Savory also feared that were Porter sentenced to more than three years, as was recommended by the Crown, her relocation to federal prison would further damage her already shaky relationship with her children, which Porter has also been working on fixing.

Short said he felt as though Porter would benefit greatly from counseling services.

As per Crown lawyer Paul Thistle’s recommendation during the sentencing hearing, Porter’s incarceration period will be followed by a three-year probationary period.

Porter is to have no contact or communication with the complainant in the case, and, as crown proceeded by indictment, faces a $200 victim fine surcharge.

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