Leamington Robbery Nets 90 Days

Sarah Sacheli - Reporter
Plushed Tuesday May 10, 2011

WINDSOR, Ont. -- A woman who penned a holdup note and glued a fake beard on her friend before he robbed a Leamington drugstore was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail.

Nichole Diane Fields, 24, borrowed a pen from the Burger King on Erie Street South to write the note Bryan Matthew Jansen used to hold up the Shoppers Drug Mart across the street on Aug. 21, 2009. "I am armed and not alone and will use force if needed," Fields wrote.

Jansen, 23, made off with a bottle of OxyContin. But a citizen spotted the getaway car, a grey Grand Am, with Fields inside. Police arrested the pair and a third man minutes later. The other alleged accomplice, Kees Peet, 21, is still before the courts.

In separate proceedings, Jansel and Fields pleaded guilty to robbery. In March, Jansen was sentenced to 90 days in jail to be served intermittently. After his sentence is complete, Jansen will be on probation for two years.

In Fields's case, the Crown had contemplated a sentence of one year in jail. But given Jansen's sentence, the Crown amended its suggested sentence to three to four months.

Defence lawyer Travis Hughes asked for a 90-day sentence to be served intermittently.
Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance said an intermittent sentence would not be appropriate. She gave Fields credit for the 10 days the young woman spent in jail in 2009 after the robbery, reducing the sentence to 80 days.

Fields has a criminal record including convictions for theft, assault and uttering threats.

The judge made drug counselling a term of probation for Fields. Fields will be on probation for two years.