By Kirk Starratt
A Nicholsville woman will be sentenced in November on a combined charge of trafficking in a substance held out to be methadone. However, the Crown will not be proceeding with a charge of criminal negligence causing death against Kelsey Leanne Pynch.
Pynch, 22, had been charged with criminal negligence causing the death of Katanna Macdonald in Aylesford between June 16 and June 21, 2012 and two counts of trafficking in a substance held out to be methadone, in Middleton on June 16, 2012 and in Aylesford on June 17, 2012.
Pynch pled not guilty to the charges on Jan. 21, 2013. The matters were adjourned for trial. During an appearance in Kentville Provincial Court on Sept. 17, defence attorney Don Fraser said he’d like to have the second and third charges, the trafficking charges, amended and combined into one. He said his client would plead guilty to the combined charge.
“I believe the Crown doesn’t oppose that,” Fraser said.
Pynch pled guilty to the combined charge.
Crown Bill Ferguson said the Crown would not be proceeding with the first charge, the charge of criminal negligence causing death.
Judge Alan Tufts adjourned the matter to Nov. 14, 2013 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.
Katanna Macdonald, 20, died on June 21, 2012 after allegedly consuming methadone.