A woman still awaiting sentencing for a number of West Kootenay bank robberies in 2014, was found guilty of two counts of drug possession in Nelson Provincial Court on Wednesday. Krista Kalmikoff was sentenced to five days in jail on each count, to be served concurrently.
The incident stems from a two-car accident in Salmo on Jan. 8. Kalmikoff was one of three passengers in one of the vehicles.
Kalmikoff pled not guilty to the charges, and the legal issue in her one-day trial this week was whether she was in possession of 0.02 grams of cocaine police found in the car after the accident. Judge Rob Brown decided she was.
At the time of the accident, Kalmikoff was out on bail in connection with the bank robbery conviction, until sentencing, for which a date has not yet been set. Because of the possession charge, Crown counsel will be apply to have that bail revoked. If that application is successful, Kalmikoff will remain in jail until sentencing, a date for which is expected to be fixed next week.
Last year a jury found Kalmikoff guilty of five of six charges she faced, including two counts of robbery stemming from hold-ups at the Nelson and District Credit Union and Kootenay Currency Exchange.
Her co-accused, Andrew Stevenson, is serving a ten-year prison sentence for his role in the same crimes.