Teen could face jail time

A Red Deer teenager is possibly facing a federal jail term when he returns to court next on Thursday, a lawyer said.

A Red Deer teenager is possibly facing a federal jail term when he returns to court next on Thursday, a lawyer said.

Lawyer Lorne Goddard said that his client, Geoffrey Allan Godden, 18, is “looking at penitentiary, it’s just a matter how long.”

Godden was set to have a trial but it was delayed by other Thursday proceedings.

Goddard told court his client wanted to plead guilty to some charges among the 17 he faces.

Goddard also said his client is seeking treatment for an undisclosed addiction, and can’t get it in the provincial jail system because it’s only offered a very limited basis.

“He’s been in custody about nine months now,” Goddard said.

Treatment programs for drugs and alcohol are more readily available in federal jails where prisoners are serving terms of two or more years.

Godden is charged with robbing a service station and evading police in a car chase in an unrelated incident.

He was charged with robbing the Michener Hill Fas Gas on Feb. 27.

RCMP said earlier that a man went into the gas station shortly after 9 p.m. and demanded cash.

The clerk complied and the man fled the scene.

He’s also charged with failing to comply with a probation order in that alleged robbery.

The other charges relate to a police pursuit and include failing to stop or evading police, drunk driving, refusing to provide a breath sample, two counts of driving while disqualified, breaching probation, taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, obstructing a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, mischief, careless driving and three counts of failing to comply with previous court orders.

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