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Four-year sentence for Prince Albert man behind drunk driving deaths PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 09 October 2015 17:31

Jeremiah Jobb leaves court after his sentencing. Photo by Chelsea LaskowskiA Prince Albert man whose drunk driving killed two young women is now serving a four-year penitentiary sentence.

Earlier this year, Jeremiah Jobb had entered guilty pleas to being drunk behind the wheel when he T-boned the car Taylor Litwin, 21, and Brandi Lepine, 17, were in. The crash – which happened within Prince Albert city limits – happened in August of 2013.

On Friday, a Prince Albert courtroom heard Jobb had been driving 120 km/h, and had a blood alcohol content more than twice over the legal limit when they collided. He had a designated driver that night who offered to drive, but Jobb insisted.

During victim impact statements, court heard how the choices Jobb made that night reach even farther than those deaths.

Litwin died instantly due to blunt force trauma, while Lepine – who had been 26 months pregnant – was rushed to Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital.

Lepine’s emergency C-section led to her baby Aurora’s birth.

Before Brandi died, her mother Josephine Ledoux, saw her in hospital.

"I didn't know this was the last time I would see her pretty face,” Ledoux said when reading her victim impact statement. Ledoux was supported by her partner, who had an arm around her while she read.

She cried, and was wracked with sobs by the time she finished. The pained emotions were audible in the courtroom’s gallery, where about 40 people sat, most of whom were crying as well.

Ledoux called Brandi’ daughter and angel, thanking Brandi for leaving a piece of her behind.

"I will never be able to take her place but I will do the best I can,” Ledoux said.

Aurora’s life has been a struggle right from the beginning. She has brain damage, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and has seizures as a result of the physical trauma and her premature birth.

She described the difficulty of surgeries and pain caused by the bad choice Jobb made that night.

"I want you to understand what you have taken from us,” she said to Jobb.

Ledoux was the only one to read her own victim impact statement. Statements from Litwin’s father Derrick, mother Bev Gobeil, sisters Jessica and Chelsey, and stepfather Leo Ledoux were read out by a victims services worker.

The outlined the loss of a woman who was known as “Tay” to her nieces and nephews, the resulting depression, regrets, job losses, and emotions.

Jobb stood to address the victims’ families in court.

“I’m so sorry for your losses,” he said, repeating “I’m sorry” multiple times. He cried as he spoke.

Josephine and other family members said they forgive Jobb.

“I know if Brandi was here, she would be like ‘mom, yes, you know what the best way to do it is forgive,’” Josephine said outside court after Jobb’s sentencing.

She explained what, to her, is the biggest loss of all.

“Aurora’s loss is greater than ours because she’ll never get to know her mom. She’ll never know how it feels to have her mom’s love, her mom hold her, kiss her, enjoy all the great things Brandi was supposed to enjoy with baby Aurora,” she said.

The four-year federal penitentiary sentence proposed through an agreement between the Crown and defense was accepted by Justice G.N. Allbright.

The sentence Jobb received is appropriate, she said, and the court case wrapping up has brought her closure.

“I’m just glad that this is finally all dealt with and done with and that we can all finally move forward and focus on Aurora’s needs and our needs too, now.”

Jobb was also given a driving prohibition for two years once he’s released from custody, and was ordered to provide a DNA sample.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 17:33
Daniels case heard at the Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Friday, 09 October 2015 17:30

After 16 years the Daniels case claiming Metis and Non-Status Indians are the responsibility of the federal government made it the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 1999, Harry Daniels, a Saskatchewan Metis leader, filed a lawsuit claiming the Metis and Non-Status Indians should fall under the Constitution and be included under the legal definition of being an Indian.

Yesterday, Canada’s High Court heard the arguments and reserved the decision.

The president of the Metis National Council felt pretty good after listening to the evidence.

Clem Chartier says the federal government lawyers made weak arguments.

“Quite a bit is riding for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, the court can decide both Metis and Non-Status Indians are in without defining it, or they could say the Metis are in and they could just leave it wide open, or they could say the Metis are in bit it is the Metis that are covered by the Pawley decision from 2003.”

The Supreme Court reserved its decision on Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 17:31
New Prince Albert prison unit ready to take on 144 more inmates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Friday, 09 October 2015 17:27

PACC's new open-concept unit. Photo by Chelsea LaskowskiPrince Albert won't need to look too far to fill a new 144-bed prison unit.

The Prince Albert Correctional Centre (PACC) has been housing inmates in programming rooms and sometimes the gym for at least  two years due to lack of space.

Director Julien Hulet says skills programming – like elementary and high school degrees, life skills programs, cultural programming, and addictions programming - was never suspended.

“It was modified, and so we went to half-days. We have a variety of programs – obviously there’s a balance between having effective programming and having effective security,” Hulet said.

Officials say the beds in the new unit of the five-unit PACC will quickly be accounted for as they shuffle around the inmates within Prince Albert, so they won’t be bringing in inmates from other provincial facilities.

Not only will that open up programming rooms that were makeshift cells, correctional worker (CW) Wes Elder says the new building's design will make a world of difference.

Elder’s been in the field for 27 years at PACC, and said physical barriers separating inmates from CWs provide safety, they also give blind spots and often keep inmates out of sight.

“Unit staff can effectively control inmate behaviors when they can easily observe their housing units,” Elder said.

“People act differently when they have a feeling of anonymity. This transfers over to life in jail also. When inmates are in staff sight they are far less likely to behave unacceptably.”

Some features of this open concept include skylights, gaming tables, and different orientation of CW’s seating spaces.

The new unit is meant to hold inmates who are awaiting sentencing – which can take up to four years in some cases.

Part of the reason is that the new unit is equipped to fully operate all video court appearances.

This will mean less moving around, and less confusion when it comes to court appearances. Staff is hopeful this might make things go smoother from the judicial side of things.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 October 2015 17:29
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