Sentencing postponed for teen robbers

 The four teens who pleaded guilty
to robbing the Savannah Domino’s Pizza in June have had their sentencing
postponed until Friday, 1 October.

Justice Alexander Henderson set the
new date last Friday after hearing that the probation officer for one of the
teenagers had requested more time so that a psychiatric assessment could be

A report on a second defendant
recommended a further psychological assessment.

No similar recommendations appeared
in the reports on the remaining two defendants.

“Are there four different probation
officers in these four different cases?” Justice Henderson asked.

Told that seemed to be the
situation, the judge commented, “I’m just wondering if the reasons which
recommended themselves to two probation officers would also be concurred in by
the other two if they were speaking to each other.”

After further discussion, Justice
Henderson concluded, “I would feel more at ease if all four of these officers
sat down and had a case conference and determined whether ideas which occurred
to some might apply to be adopted by all.”

Crown Counsel Marilyn Brandt said
she would contact the probation officers to pass on the judge’s concerns.

The defendants are Anastasia Anasia
Watson, Julissa Monique Avila, Addie Shanice Haylock and Ariel Rendie
McLaughlin. All four were 17 when they committed the daylight robbery on
Friday, 3 June. Avila had her 18th birthday while in custody at Fairbanks
Women’s Prison.

All four have remained in custody
since their first court appearance on 23 June. The matter went to Grand Court,
where Haylock and Avila pleaded guilty on 23 July. Their attorneys then applied
for bail, which Justice Henderson refused.

Watson and McLaughlin entered their
pleas on 3 August and no bail applications were made.

They all face the same charge: that
they stole $366 and two litres of soda and used force against two Domino’s

The details of the charge have not
been formally presented. However, when Crown Counsel Alister Cumming objected
to bail, he argued that armed robbery is so serious that a custodial sentence
was inevitable. He pointed out that the three robbers were masked, wore socks
on their hands and waved machetes while demanding money. After obtaining around
$300 and two bottles of soda, the three left the scene in a vehicle driven by

At the July appearance of two
defendants, Justice Henderson expressed concern at the “complete lack of any
rational explanation for why they committed this offence.”

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