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Windsor man sentenced to jail time for robbing Hantsport credit union

<p>Windsor resident Leif Spilchen, far left, was remanded into custody April 4 while he undergoes a mental health assessment. He is accused of robbing the Hantsport Valley Credit Union on March 30.</p>
<p>Windsor resident Leif Spilchen, far left, was remanded into custody April 4 while he undergoes a mental health assessment. He is accused of robbing the Hantsport Valley Credit Union on March 30.</p>

WINDSOR, NS - A Windsor man will serve a sentence of almost two more years on a go-forward basis after pleading guilty to robbing the Valley Credit Union in Hantsport in 2016.

Leif Spilchen, 38, changed his pleas to guilty in July on charges of robbing the credit union of in excess of $4,000 and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a combination of alcohol and drug. He committed the offences in Hantsport on March 30 and 31, 2016.

Spilchen was present in Windsor provincial court in custody on Oct. 4. Judge Alan Tufts sentenced him to four years and three months in custody on the robbery charge. Spilchen served 553 days remanded in custody and was given credit for time and a half or 830 days. He will serve 23 months and 27 days on a go-forward basis. Spilchen was sentenced to one year of probation and the court granted a primary DNA order.

On the impaired driving charge, Spilchen was sentenced to 30 days in custody, to be served concurrently, and the court imposed a one-year driving prohibition against him, to take effect after his release from jail.

Spilchen was also sentenced to one day deemed served for possessing a stolen licence plate in Windsor on March 31, 2016.

Several other charges, including having his face masked with the intent to commit an indictable offence; failing to comply with probation, failing to comply with his undertaking and unlawfully possessing cannabis marijuana were dismissed.

In the spring of 2016, Spilchen underwent a court ordered mental health assessment at the Nova Scotia Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth. The assessment was ordered to determine if Spilchen was criminally responsible at the time of the offences. Spilchen was found fit to stand trial.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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