Life changes spare jail

A young former Rocky Mountain House man was spared jail Friday because he has made considerable efforts to rehabilitate himself since he was busted for selling cocaine to undercover RCMP officers.

A young former Rocky Mountain House man was spared jail Friday because he has made considerable efforts to rehabilitate himself since he was busted for selling cocaine to undercover RCMP officers.

Lance James Peters, 19, of Three Hills, received community-based sentence of two years less a day, including 12 months of house arrest, when he appeared for sentencing in Red Deer provincial court.

Court heard Peters has undergone extensive drug and substance abuse rehabilitation, is enrolled in a second-year apprenticeship course in landscaping at Olds College and works for his grandparents in addition to doing volunteer work.

Peters was busted last summer when he attempted to sell small amounts of cocaine to undercover officers. Court heard he had been addicted to cocaine since he was 13.

He was also fined $500 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

For the first year he is only permitted to be out of his residence to attend school, work, shop for necessities, and attend medical and court appointments.