A new market: jail credits

The man who broke into Bernie’s Race Trac Gas Station three months ago was sentenced on Thursday to time served.

The man who broke into Bernie’s Race Trac Gas Station three months ago was sentenced on Thursday to time served.

His getaway driver was hit with a one-year driving prohibition, but only because he failed his breathalyzer tests.

At 4:05 a.m. on May 2nd, a masked Jeffrey Bone went into the store’s back room and returned with cartons of cigarettes and cigars, surveillance tapes showed.

The 42-year-old Watson Lake man dropped a number of cartons and cigarettes around the station at the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and McIntyre Road.

Outside, he left footprints, which were later matched to the tread on his shoes.

Police responded to the alarms and pulled over a vehicle, which they saw speeding down the highway. They found cigarette cartons inside it.

The driver, 35-year-old Whitehorse resident Alfred Broeren, told police he had “just picked up” Bone.

“It’s a case of wrong place wrong time,” argued Broeren’s lawyer.

“He was just driving around and picked  up this hitchhiker,” he said.

Because Broeren’s blood alcohol measured at least 120mg per 100mL, 40mg over the limit, he was licence was suspended for a year.

Bone, charged with breaking and entering and theft under $5,000, was sentenced to four months in custody.

His lawyer argued that, having served 83 days already since May 5th in Yukon’s correctional centre — most of it in 23-hour-a-day lockdown — Bone should be issued a two-for-one time-served credit.

The usual credit in the Yukon is one-and-a-half to one for time served.

Additionally, Bone’s lawyer wanted to ensure his client could keep the extra 23 days on credit.

 “Well that’s the way they do it in the Yukon, is it?” the visiting judge inquired.

“Strange things are done,” said Bone’s lawyer.

Bone is facing additional charges related to incidents in Watson Lake. His “credit” will be applied to further jail time he may receive.

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