A handcuffed 36 year old CHRISTOPHER KRIEGER appeared in Courtroom 303 this morning, 9am March 21,2018 to be sentenced by Her Honour Justice Chantal Brochu for robbery and failing to appear in court.
KRIEGER was found guilty last year of these crimes. He was supposed to be sentenced on November 21,2017 but didn’t show up for court. Bench warrant was issued and he was arrested by Thunder Bay Police on December 24,2017 and has been in the Thunder Bay Jail ever since.
KRIEGER is about 5’7” tall, medium build with tattoo on neck wearing light gray track pants with darker gray long sleeve shirt and long black ponytail. He is represented by lawyer Leon Nicol and the Crown Attorney is Gordon Fillmore.
Finding of facts in court were that on the evening of November 30,2016 , the female victim of the robbery received her monthly cheque and cashed it. KRIEGER had received his monthly cheque for ODSP (his disability is not known) that day as well and had already spent all his money on crack cocaine and wanted more. He waited and watched outside a crack house on Prince Arthur Blvd. The female victim came to buy crack cocaine for her Aunt and when she was leaving to go deliver the crack, she was attacked by Krieger from behind. He held her in a headlock, waving a screwdriver in her face saying that he was going to kill her if she didn’t give him drugs. KRIEGER fled with the female victim’s Samsung Galaxy phone and 3 – 20$ bills but no crack cocaine.
KRIEGER has a lengthy adult and youth criminal record. He has numerous convictions of violence and theft. He’s had several conditional sentences (house arrest) in the past. He’s breached those numerous times.
Crown Attorney Fillmore wants a penitentiary sentence of 4 to 6 years. Defence lawyer Leon Nicol originally wanted no custody but concedes that 6 to 8 months would be appropriate.
Justice Brochu reviews Gladue factors. KRIEGER is a status member from Goulais Bay 15 Indian Reserve near Sault Ste Marie. His mother went to residential school and he was a witness to domestic violence in the home.
KRIEGER has 5 children ages 3 to 15 years whom he does not support.
The victim impact statement was reviewed. The victim is fearful leaving her home now and has anxiety attacks.
The judge points out that KRIEGER saw himself as a victim throughout the court process. This sentence requires deterrence and denunciation.
Justice Brochu is ready to read the sentence.
KRIEGER is sentenced to 18 months in jail on top of the 88 days he’s already spent in custody. Pre-sentence Custody is recognized but won’t be credited. Justice Brochu says this sentence is in the lower end of the sentencing range. KRIEGER will most likely be released from custody in about 12 months. He’s also getting 12 months probation, a DNA ORDER and lifetime weapon prohibition. He must attend all programs required including substance and alcohol abuse. He receives 30 days concurrent for failing to show up for his sentencing on November 21, 2017
Krieger’s mother and another female relative are in the back of courtroom. His mom is crying. KRIEGER is led out of Courtroom by Thunder Bay Police to begin serving his sentence.
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From The Desk of Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition.