Placentia man awaits sentence for violent crime
Dillon Palfrey in custody since arrest last June
Dillon Palfrey sat in Harbour Grace Provincial Court last Wednesday with his wrists handcuffed and his hands folded in his lap.
Looking at the floor towards his shackled feet, the 20-year-old Placentia man listened attentively to the Crown prosecutor read to Judge Jacqueline Brazil the agreed upon statement of facts for several crimes he admitted to committing last June. He has been in custody ever since.
Palfrey pled guilty to four charges — assault, break and enter, mischief and uttering threats. Two charges, including one for arson and an additional assault charge, were dropped.
The charges stem from an incident in the early morning hours of June 1, 2014, when he broke into the Jerseyside home of his former girlfriend by entering a basement window. All doors in the house were locked at the time.
A physical altercation took place and ended with Palfrey throwing the woman to the floor, leaving her with minor injuries. He had been consuming alcohol.
Another man was also in the house at that time. His vehicle was parked in the driveway of the home on Battery Road.
After Palfrey left the house, he used a rock, a 2x4 piece of wood and parts of a chimney to break the windows and tail lights of the vehicle.
It was around that time police were called, and Palfrey took off. Later that morning, police were called back to the area after the same vehicle was set on fire.
Explicit Facebook messages written by Palfrey after the incident claimed he was going to kill the man that owned the vehicle and his family.
The Crown would like to see Palfrey sentenced to 12 to 15 months in jail on top of the time he’s already served while in custody, along with three years probation and restrictions that include a mandatory firearms prohibition.
Palfrey’s lawyer Jeff Slade is requesting 12 months total — including time served — and two years probation. He believes because Palfrey wasn’t breaching an undertaking and wasn’t on probation, the Crown’s proposed sentence is too harsh given he has spent the past seven months in custody.
When asked by Brazil if there’s anything he would like to say, Palfrey stood up.
“I’d like to apologize for what I’ve done,” the soft-spoken young man said, asking for a second chance. He has been pursuing his education while being held at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.
Brazil will sentence Palfrey on Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Dillon Palfrey walks up the steps to the Harbour Grace Provincial Court Wednesday, Jan. 7.