Man sen­tenced for Old Per­li­can break-in


A St. John’s man who broke into a gas sta­tion in Old Per­li­can last spring has been given a nine-month jail term. Wil­liam John Ryan was sen­tenced Thurs­day, Sept. 8 at provin­cial court in St. John’s.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to break and en­ter and be­ing dis­guised with in­tent to com­mit crime.

Ryan and an­other man broke into the Gasland sta­tion in Old Per­li­can at around 4:30 a.m. on May 18. They made off with sev­eral car­tons of cig­a­rettes.

Ryan, who was de­nied bail shortly af­ter he was ar­rested, was given 114 days credit for the time he’s al­ready served in cus­tody, leav­ing a lit­tle more than five months left to serve on his term.

Judge Jacqueline Brazil ren­dered her de­ci­sion via tele­con­fer­ence from Har­bour Grace provin­cial court.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Shawn Pat­ten had asked for a 12-month jail term, while de­fence lawyer Aver­ill Baker had rec­om­mended a con­di­tional sen­tence.

The other man charged in con­nec­tion with the break-in, Ken Wheeler, was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Sept. 14.

Af­ter Ryan was sen­tenced, he was then led to an­other court­room, where he was sup­posed to be­gin a trial on three charges of as­sault, stem­ming from in­ci­dents at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary.

Lawyer re­moved from case

How­ever, Ryan told Judge Lois Skanes he wanted to fire Baker, due to “a break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

“I want to say a lot of mean stuff, but I have to bite my tongue,” Ryan told the judge. “But we just don’t get along.”

Baker agreed and the al­lowed her off the case.

Ryan hopes to have a new lawyer when the case comes back to court Oct. 24. A date for a new trial is ex­pected to be set at that time.


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