Kamloops woman facing firearms charges again granted bail

Kristy Johnson was arrested following an alleged home-invasion-style armed robbery at a Valleyview motel 13 months ago

A Kamloops woman who has breached her release conditions at least twice since being arrested on firearms charges last year has once again been granted bail.

Kristy Johnson, 36, was arrested following an alleged home-invasion-style armed robbery at a Valleyview motel 13 months ago.

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Police descended on the Tournament Inn on Sept. 13, 2018, and found the doors had been kicked in on a suite. Mounties saw a man appearing to hide long items beneath a mattress, court heard, and saw a woman barricading a door.

Johnson and a man were arrested. Police are alleged to have found loaded firearms in the motel room, ammunition in Johnson’s backpack and more bullets in a nearby car she had recently purchased.

She was released from custody on Oct. 3, 2018, and arrested months later for breaching her bail conditions. After pleading guilty, she was handed a sentence of time served and again released.

Johnson was arrested for a third time last month after being found by police breaching her bail and subsequently pleaded guilty.

In court on Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand granted Johnson bail a third time. Her trial had been slated to begin this week, but was adjourned due to the recent death of Don Campbell, her co-accused’s defence lawyer.

“Though the Crown has a strong — or even very strong — case, Ms. Johnson has the right to be presumed innocent,” Marchand said.

“It’s not necessary to detain her as the risk she poses to public safety can be adequately addressed through bail conditions.”

Marchand also warned Johnson to stay out of trouble.

“You have to understand that this may be your last chance to stay in the community pending your trial,” he said. “If you want to continue to stay in the community, you have to abide by all terms to the letter.”

Johnson is slated to return to court on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to set a new date for her trial.

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