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France sentenced to custody

Matthew Walter France, 26, of 368 North Greenville Rd., Westchester, was sentenced to 120 days in custody after changing his plea to three criminal charges.

France changed his plea to guilty to one count each of assault with a weapon (a Chevrolet Blazer), mischief or property damage, and refusing the breathalyser.

France was sentenced to 120 days in custody for the breathalyser charge, and was given a two-year driving prohibition. He can apply for the ignition interlock device program after nine months if he so chooses.

France was sentenced to 30 days custody for each of the other charges, concurrent to one another and the other sentence imposed.

Each of the three sentences includes a $50 victim fine surcharge, to be paid by March 16, 2011.

All three custodial sentences will be followed by 12 months probation with conditions, concurrent to each other.

The incidents occurred Oct. 31, 2009 in Westchester.


Duo evicted for drug charges to return for plea

A mother and son combination evicted from their apartment earlier this year on drug charges will wait until next month to enter a plea.

The pair was evicted from their home on Charles Street in January under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, and now each face a charge of possession of cannabis resin, possession of cannabis marijuana and trafficking marijuana.

The mother has a lawyer through Nova Scotia Legal Aid, and the son has a certificate for a lawyer, also through Legal Aid.

They will return for election and plea April 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Geographic location: France, Westchester, Amherst North Greenville Charles Street

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