White Rock man to serve time for theft, breach

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on January 23, 2014

A White Rock man will be spending time in custody for stealing from the liquor store and breeching his conditional sentence.

Michael Anthony Brown, 36, formerly of New Minas, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to stealing property valued at less than $5,000 from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation in New Minas on Jan. 10. Judge Alan Tufts sentenced Brown to 30 days in custody and fined him a $100 victim surcharge.

An allegation that Brown breeched a conditional sentence was withdrawn during the Jan. 15 court appearance, but Brown did admit to consuming alcohol Jan. 13 and failing to stay away from the NSLC.

Tufts terminated the conditional sentence and ordered Brown to spend the remaining time, 98 days, in custody. The 30-day sentence will be served concurrently.

Brown is also facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in New Minas on Dec. 10. Brown pleaded not guilty on Jan. 15. The matter has been adjourned to June 26 for trial.

Brown had been handed a six-month conditional sentence including daily curfew on Sept. 18, 2013. He pleaded guilty last June to three counts of stealing property valued at less than $5,000 from the NSLC and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking.