Nova Scotia woman sentenced for robbing store with syringe to feed drug habit

The Canadian Press ~ The News
Published on July 5, 2013

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia woman has been sentenced after pleading guilty to an armed robbery that her lawyer said was committed to support an addiction to prescription pills.

Reagan Eileen MacKinnon of Sydney was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison for the holdup on April 29 at a local convenience store.

Court heard MacKinnon had been released from prison after serving a two-year sentence on a variety of charges just 12 days before she robbed the store of $487 with a syringe.

Crown lawyer Mark Gouthro said the 26-year-old woman apologized to the clerk during the robbery, saying she needed a “fix” and would repay the cash before taking off.

Defence lawyer Cheryl Morrison told the court that MacKinnon completed her high school education while serving her last sentence and has taken courses in tourism, hospitality and landscape design.

MacKinnon apologized to the court Thursday, saying she was ashamed of her actions and would use her time in prison to further her education.