A Penticton woman will spend more time in jail for her role in assisting a former Vancouver gang member in a kidnapping.
Angel Violet Dyck, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and one count of being unlawfully in a house or dwelling. Her sentencing hearing, which began on March 6, concluded March 17 in Penticton Provincial Court.
Dyck was sentenced to just over three years, 1,140 days, in jail for her part in the kidnapping of Penticton man Brett Riopel and his dog on Oct. 17, 2015.
Dyck aided former Vancouver gang member Scott Andrew McArthur, 27, who is serving time behind bars after being sentenced to just over four years for his role in the kidnapping. McArthur held Riopel hostage with an imitation firearm while Dyck drove Riopel around Penticton against his will to collect money to settle a drug debt with McArthur.
“Ms. Dyck’s role in the kidnapping was spontaneous and impulsive, she did not participate in any pre-planning, but rather her involvement arose because of her presence at the scene when Mr. McArthur first began dealing with Mr. Riopel,” said Judge Greg Koturbash.
Koturbash added the same could not be said for the seperate offence of entering the Eckhardt Avenue residence on Nov. 11, 2015 with two others who were carrying weapons.
Having already served over a year in custody (429 days), Dyck has 711 days remaining on her sentence. That includes an eight month jail term for a separate incident. She be on probation for three years after she is released from jail.