All sentences in 2015 home invasion and armed robbery in Baie Verte completed
BAIE VERTE, NL — All five people arrested and charged in the 2015 armed robbery and forcible confinement of a disabled man in Baie Verte have now been sentenced.
Two adults and three youth were arrested and charged with robbery with a firearm, adult forcible confinement and disguised with intent to commit an offence in relation to the Nov. 21 home invasion.
Sept. 19, a female youth was sentenced to six months in jail and one year’s probation; on Feb. 23 a male youth was sentenced to six months in jail and two years’ probation. On June 1, 2016, a male youth was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years’ probation, and on Aug. 1, Devin Morey, 19, was sentenced to four years in jail. Each of these sentences was handed down in provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor.
In Supreme Court on Jan. 17, Maxwell Canning, 22, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail.
According to previous court records, Canning, then 19, duct taped 56-year-old victim Edward Seymour — who has since died of unrelated causes — to his wheelchair, while another of the accused struck him in the face and head, causing lacerations requiring sutures.
While Canning searched the home for drugs and money, another of the accused pointed a pellet handgun at Seymour’s face and “pistol whipped” him
According to police at the time, five people were arrested in connection with the Nov. 21, 2015 home invasion, in which three masked intruders allegedly committed the crime. Two others — a male over 18 and his girlfriend, who was under 18 — waited outside in a vehicle.
Hatching the scheme According to an agreed upon statement of facts, the group of young people were partying at a cabin when they came up with the plot to rob Seymour, who they believed sold marijuana out of his home, where he lived alone.
They believed he would have a large amount of drugs and money there. Only $110 and about three grams of marijuana were taken.
In sentencing Canning, Justice Kendra Goulding recognized a number of mitigating factors in the case, and the seriousness of the crime was not lost upon her.
“An armed home invasion is a very serious and egregious crime with potentially fatal consequences for which offenders should expect to receive lengthy terms of imprisonment,” she wrote at the time. “Protection of persons in the sanctity of their homes by imposing substantial sentences that clearly express denunciation is a paramount consideration.”
She referred to the planned and premeditated robbery as “unimaginable and shocking.”
The judge also said the possibility Seymour was selling marijuana to young people did not diminish the crime.
“Mr. Seymour was a vulnerable, defenseless victim who did not deserve to be robbed and beaten in his home,” she wrote.