All sen­tences in 2015 home in­va­sion and armed rob­bery in Baie Verte com­pleted

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL - BY CORY HUR­LEY

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.

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