Angelene Solien, 22, appeared in Penticton court Monday January 29th and pled guilty to assault with a weapon ( a car ), possession of stolen property under $5,000 and failure to stop at an accident.
Solien was sentenced to serve 58 days in the Okanagan Correctional Centre north of Oliver and given 1 year of probation upon her release.
From: Patricia Lianne Smith
I’ve been sitting back trying to refrain from commenting.
I have had a conversation with the editor about the sentence Solien received.
I see other criminals who do less and get a much heftier sentence.
She drove over my leg and abdomen not once but twice, with a car she stole, had drugs on her when arrested, admits to being HIGH, planning the whole thing ( to rob me and keep the car ), wrecked someone’s car, left the scene after injuring me, and was already breaching her probation order from a previous matter.
Do I think she will learn anything from her time in jail, sure I know she will learn a thing or two, how to do different crimes and how can she do them better…. not get caught. That’s what she will learn.
I don’t believe she gives two hoots about how I am feeling and I really believe she won’t care if my leg never gets better. It’s inconsequential to her. It’s day 10 – my leg is black-blue-yellow-green and a few streaks of red, my abdomen is black and blue. I can’t lift my leg up to go over a curb etc, with out pain. I’m unable to stand on it, due to the pain in my hip and leg. I cant get out of my tub unassisted, I don’t sleep longer than 2 or 3 hours due to the pain and I get so stiff.
I cant play with my dog, I am having trouble cooking, doing dishes, and laundry as I can’t place weight on it or stand for long periods.
There was no insurance so I’ll see no help to get my money back nor will I see anything for the items she stole. I’ll have to replace everything: my birth certificate ($85), pre-loaded visa for my bills ($250), drivers lisence ($75) , cash Ipaid for the car ($325) , cash in my purse ($270), bike ($550), miscellaneous items ($75), – my time-pain-suffering-depression and lowered self-esteem!
This was a premeditated crime – planned out prior to Friday evening January 26th. This is a hard pill to swallow and a scary one.
There are places to see a drug counselor right here in Oliver, but that won’t help to stop her from choosing criminal ways. I know that NO amount of forced recovery, treatment or counseling will help her because you cannot make someone believe they have an addiction/drug problem. You cannot make them think or feel anything. But I think holding her accountable in the biggest way is a fair start. And I don’t mean jail time.
I’m not sure what I mean or what I can suggest or what would help but I know if she gets away with it, and doesn’t have to pay me back or cover my expenses, due to her planning this crime -or- cover the expenses for the damaged car then it’s all just a walk in the park for her, a slap on the wrist. and mark my word if she gets an inflated ego due to the leniency and feels like she stuck it to the legal system, we will be revisiting this or a similar issue and with the same person in less than a year! Ill bet anyone a crisp $100 bill on that!
Publisher: This letter contains some new information which I will pass to police and court officials. At the recent sentencing – there seemed to be a concerted effort on the part of many to diminish the injuries and impact on the victim.
Smith should contact victim services at the RCMP for assistance.