A car thief who was sentenced to house arrest for stealing and crashing a truck will now have to spend the rest of his sentence in a real jail.
Anthony Shane Catagas broke the terms of his conditional sentence order by drinking and by being away from his home when he wasn’t supposed to be.
“This is unfortunate, you messed up,” Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta told him in court on Monday as his conditional sentence order was terminated.
Hewitt-Michta originally sentenced Catagas on July 23 for motor vehicle theft and flight from police.
In December 2011, Catagas had stolen a pickup truck, which he crashed into a fence during a police chase.
During sentencing, Crown attorney Grant Hughes asked Hewitt-Michta to impose 15 months jail.
However, Hewitt-Michta sided with defence lawyer Bob Harrison, who requested a conditional discharge.
The judge based her decision, in part, on steps Catagas had taken to improve himself.
He’d surrendered to police following the truck theft, sought help for an alcohol problem and had been downgraded to a high risk to reoffend from a very high risk to reoffend.
Instead of jail, Catagas got 19 months house arrest.
However, he was back in court, in custody, on Monday.
His lawyer, Bob Harrison explained that on Aug. 28 Catagas had been caught drinking alcohol and out past his curfew.
With his conditional sentence terminated, Catagas is to serve the remainder of his sentence in a real jail.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 19, 2012