(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Appearing in a Thunder Bay courtroom today from the prisoner’s box was 29-year-old Jessica Jonasson. She’s here to plead guilty to some charges and get released from jail.
His Honour, Justice Peter Bishop, a per diem Judge, was presiding over plea court today along with Crown Attorney Afton Brown and Jonasson’s criminal defence lawyer.
She is facing the following charges:
Court starts off with Jonasson pleading guilty to a fail to attend court charge, Theft under $5000 and resisting police.
The Crown reads in the agreed statement of facts which say that on January 18th, Jonasson and her baby daddy went to St Peters, asking for food. They also returned the day after. On the third day, Jessica showed up on her own and stole the Knights of Columbus donation box. The donation box was located in the back alley, destroyed and an estimated $150 missing from it. Court hears that the entire incident was caught on video surveillance. Officers arrested Jessica a short time later and located a crack pipe on her.
In November of 2019 around 9:13 am police received a report that Jonasson was attempting to break into a laundry machine with a knife of a south-side building. She fled to an apartment in the same building. Police arrived and Jonasson attempted to flee the scene. Arriving officers identified Jonasson from previous interactions and knew she had a warrant for her arrest. Officers detained her and she started to pull away from them while yelling that she was someone else, not Jonasson.
Through her legal counsel, Jonasson states that she was in a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive relationship with a well-known substance abuser who often brings down everyone around them. She claims that B.D, her baby-daddy, introduced her to numerous drugs and lead her down the path of drug addiction. They have children together that are in the warm, loving and caring arms of Jonasson’s mother. Jonasson is currently headed down the path of sobriety and her family are supportive of her ambitions to return to the person she was before she got involved with B.D.
She claims she is no longer involved with B.D. and has not spoken to him in 4 months as he is likely to influence her into a relapse. Jonasson wants to continue her sobriety and appears to genuinely want to enter treatment upon her release from jail, which is expected to happen today. Jonasson states through counsel that she has gotten sober without the aid of Suboxone or Methadone.
Jonasson has a very limited criminal record, with only public mischief and an impaired driving charge.
Tbe Crown tells the court that the sentence laid out for Jonasson should focus on probation. This will provide her with the assistance she needs to overcome the trauma she went through while involved with B.D.
Court also bears her father has addiction issues.
A joint submission is put forth to His Honour to consider from both the Crown and Defence counsel. She is getting 15 days deemed served for resisting police and a suspended sentence for the theft. Other charges are withdrawn as a part of her plea deal today. She further gets 12 months probation with the following conditions:
- Keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
- Pay restitution to St Peters of $150 at a minimum of $20 a month.
- Attend counselling for anger management and substance abuse.
- Do not attend St Peters or an address in the 400 block of Egan Street.
His Honour agrees to the joint submission and Jonasson is granted release from jail today. She will hopefully begin her journey into freedom and maintain her sobriety.
Before getting involved with B.D., court hears that she was a supervisor at Tim Hortons as well as had many other productive jobs. It appears that the poor decision to get involved with B.D. really damaged her life to the point that she now has to heal from that experience.