An Abbotsford man with a lengthy criminal history got off with a six-month conditional sentence after police found him with stolen licence plates.
Kerry La Rose, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property in B.C. Supreme Court. He was also charged with possessing stolen property worth more than $5,000.
RCMP traffic patrol observed a pickup speeding up and slowing down on the Trans-Canada Highway on Feb. 4, 2011. The vehicle was later found parked at a Valleyview motel. When La Rose answered the door to his room, police noticed the plates on the bed and arrested him.
A video surveillance tape showed La Rose changing plates on the truck. One of those plates was stolen from the Mission area several days earlier.
While La Rose has criminal and drug offences in his past, there was a gap before he was convicted a year ago in Port Coquitlam of possession of stolen property, said Crown prosecutor Chris Balison.
A six-month custodial sentence would be appropriate, but La Rose is already bound by the conditions of his current sentence, Balison noted. Therefore, a consecutive six-month conditional sentence would be acceptable, he said.
Defence counsel Sheldon Tate said that the six-year gap in the man’s record warrants a community sentence rather than a custodial one
Standing in the prisoner’s dock, La Rose asked the judge if he could serve the sentences concurrently rather than consecutively. Employed as a tow truck driver, he was concerned about a lengthier curfew being imposed.
“I should tell you, Mr. La Rose, you are a very fortunate man, being able to serve your sentence in the community,” said Justice Dev Dley. “There is no curfew in prison.”