A young woman known for becoming ferocious when she drank has been given a three-year sentence for such crimes as assault and robbery, landing her in a federal prison.
Nikita Pearce, 21, was convicted of uttering threats and assault from an incident last November, as well as an assault and robbery in January.
An emotional Pearce and her family were hoping for a shorter sentence to keep her out of a federal prison.
Defence lawyer Arnold Hussey was seeking nine to 12 months in custody, while the Crown was seeking three to four years in a federal prison.
Pearce wrote a letter in June and presented it to the court, expressing remorse for her crimes and asking to be released into the care of her family.
In the letter, Pearce said she has worked hard toward her Adult Basic Education diploma and was getting addictions counselling.
Pearce has a troubled past. She started abusing drugs and alcohol when she was 12 and was sexually assaulted as a young teenager.
However, a pre-sentence report stated that Pearce was at a "very high risk to reoffend."
When Judge Pamela Goulding read out the sentence, Pearce's family cried out in shock and one member ran out of the courtroom, while Pearce held her head in her hands and cried.
The judge combined the charges, and gave her one-and-a-half credit for time already served, for a final sentence of roughly two years and two months in prison.