Conditional sentence for possession for purpose

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PICTOU – A Hazel Glen man has been sentenced to a six-month conditional sentence order for drug possession.

David Bradley Pothier, 50, was sentenced in Pictou Provincial Court Monday on a charge of possessing cannabis marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. He was charged March 18, 2013, in Hazel Glen and entered a guilty plea.

Crown attorney Bronwyn Duffy ask the judge to consider a "real jail time" sentence for Pothier which could consist of 30 to 60 days that could be served intermittently on weekends.

She said Pothier had 228 grams of cannabis in his possession during his arrest, but his pre-sentence report is positive. She said he plans on attending community college this fall to earn a licensed practical nursing diploma and accepts responsibility for his actions in March 2013. She also noted that Pothier has adhered to all if his bail conditions since his arrest and doesn't have a prior criminal record.

Defence lawyer Rob Sutherland said his client would be an ideal candidate for a conditional sentence because he has done well to keep his life on the straight and narrow since his arrest and it wouldn't interfere with his schooling.

Judge Del Atwood agreed a CSO was appropriate which would last six months with many conditions to follow including adhering to three months house arrest at the start of his sentence.

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