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Woman avoids jail for her part in robbery

A woman who acted as getaway driver in a drug store robbery avoided a jail sentence in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday.

Amy Jaye Liverseed, 35, of Red Deer pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced by Judge Darrel Riemer to 18 months probation and 50 hours of community service.

Liverseed was charged after a masked accomplice armed with a knife went into Sproule’s Mountview IDA on Sept. 17, 2011, and demanded drugs be put into a black bag.

Brian Jones, 25, of Red Deer fled with nearly 1,600 oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphone pills. He jumped into a waiting car being driven by Liverseed.

Police arrested the pair several weeks later. Jones was sentenced in May to two years in prison for his part in the robbery.

Defence lawyer Patty MacNaughton said Liverseed has struggled with mental health and drug addiction issues for many years. She also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of a sexual assault when she was 13 years old.

She was in a relationship with Jones at the time of the robbery.

Liverseed took some of the pills for her own use and sold others.

Her client has been working hard to get help for her addiction and is under the care of a psychiatrist.

“There is hope for this young woman with very little criminal record,” she said.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson and MacNaughton asked for 18 month’s probation in a joint submission.

In sentencing, Riemer acknowledged the woman’s struggles and her efforts to get better.

She was ordered to continue getting counselling and treatment and is prohibited from using illegal drugs or alcohol during her probation.

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