Escapee expected to plead guilty

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Kim Parkinson to be sentenced later this month

Kimberly Ann Parkinson is due back in court later this month, when she is likely to plead guilty to charges — several of which were laid after she escaped custody last month. — Telegram file photo

A St. John’s woman who gave sheriff’s officers the slip last month while being escorted to jail will likely stay behind bars for a while.

Kimberly Ann Parkinson appeared in provincial court Wednesday via video link from the Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, where’s she has been in custody since she was captured in early May.

The 39-year-old was represented in court by lawyer Scott Hurley.

Hurley told Judge David Orr that Parkinson will enter guilty pleas to charges against her the next time the case comes to court.

He and Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan agreed to schedule a sentencing hearing for June 21.

“Your case will be resolved then,” Orr told Parkinson.

“OK, thank you,” she replied.

She then stood up and left the room at the facility, followed closely by a correctional officer.

Parkinson is charged with escaping custody and two breaches of court orders, along with a slew of other theft and theft-related charges, stemming from previous incidents.

Parkinson took off from sheriff’s officers outside the St. John’s Lockup on Water Street at around 5:15 p.m. May 6 as she and seven other prisoners were being transported from provincial court.

Sources say when the sheriff’s officers’ van pulled up to the lockup door and the prisoners were getting out, a female prisoner tripped and fell to the ground, distracting the two officers escorting the group. That’s when Parkinson made a run for it.

She was picked up the next day after her picture was released to the media.

Police wouldn’t say where she was found or whether or not she was still wearing restraints, but said she was arrested without incident.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Correctional Centre for Women

Geographic location: Clarenville, Water Street

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