Earlier this week Kristin Miscio, 31, was sentenced to house arrest for an assault that occurred earlier this year.
Court heard that on May 17, 2021, Miscio became involved in an altercation with a man wherein she hit him in the back of the head and pulled some of the hair out of his head.
Upon hearing of Miscio’s previous five assault convictions, Justice Jon-Jo Douglas questioned why the Crown attorney wasn’t asking for jail time.
The Crown advised that Miscio suffers from mental health and substance abuse issues. There is also an emphasis to keep people out of custody at the present moment in light of the Covid situation and its rapid spread in the correctional system.
He added that Miscio suffers from alcoholism and was “wildly intoxicated” at the time of the latest assault.
The joint submission was for six months house arrest and 12 months probation, but Justice Douglas turned down the joint submission and imposed his own.
He opted for 12 months of house arrest and no probation.
While the joint submission allowed for alcohol because of the likelihood of relapse, Justice Douglas opted to impose a no-alcohol term of house arrest as well. Douglas said alcohol was a direct factor in Miscio’s assaults and there must be some deterrent in place to stop her from drinking.
Justice Douglas also cautioned Miscio that if she breaks any of the terms of her house arrest, she could serve the remainder of her sentence in custody.
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