‘Ter­ri­ble’ crimes lead to 14-month sen­tence

Pla­cen­tia’s Dil­lon Pal­frey in cus­tody since last June

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

With legs shack­led and wrists hand­cuffed, Dil­lon Pal­frey climbed out of an RCMP ve­hi­cle at Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court just be­fore 1:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 14 in a green jump­suit.

It had been a week since the 20-year-old from Pla­cen­tia was last in this court­room in front of Judge Jac­que­line Brazil for a pre-sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

This day he would learn his fate con­cern­ing vi­o­lent crimes he was re­spon­si­ble for on June 1, 2014. He had been in prison since get­ting ar­rested that day.

Meet­ing him at the court­house steps were his mom, sis­ter and sev­eral friends, each there for support.

Pal­frey ap­peared in good spir­its as he chat­ted with the group.

Es­corted by two RCMP of­fi­cers from the Pla­cen­tia de­tach­ment, Pal­frey made his way up the court­house steps and onto the pris­oner’s bench. His was the first case called that af­ter­noon.

Judge Brazil re­viewed the charges and gave a brief state­ment on the crimes to those in attendance.

She con­firmed Pal­frey broke into the home of his for­mer girl­friend and phys­i­cally harmed her by shov­ing her to the ground. She was at the home with her brother and another male.

When he left the home, he broke all the win­dows and tail­lights out of a ve­hi­cle that be­longed to the man at the house. The ve­hi­cle was then set on fire — the Crown pros­e­cu­tor for Pal­frey’s case later elected to drop a charge of ar­son.

After he was ar­rested, he man­aged to post death threats di­rected at the same man through Face­book.

“The facts of the case are terrifying,” Brazil said, look­ing di­rectly at Pal­frey.

She ex­plained that Pal­frey has shown he is try­ing to bet­ter him­self by at­tend­ing ed­u­ca­tional classes and get­ting help with sub­stance abuse while in cus­tody.

“The ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors are sig­nif­i­cant,” Brazil ex­plained. “How­ever he is a young man.”

For the “most se­ri­ous” crime of break and en­ter — an in­dictable of­fence — Brazil sentenced Pal­frey to 14 months. For as­sault, mis­chief and ut­ter­ing threats, she handed him six months each. The sen­tences will be served con­cur­rently.

Al­ready in cus­tody for seven months, Brazil gave Pal­frey time­and-a-half credit for that pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion.

His sen­tence to­tals 426 days. With 342 days time served, Pal­frey has just un­der three months left on his sen­tence.

Pal­frey must serve three years of pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease, and he will be pro­hib­ited from con­tact­ing his for­mer girl­friend, her brother and the man who owned the dam­aged ve­hi­cle.

Although he didn’t speak, Pal­frey ap­peared con­tent as he re­turned to the pris­oner bench after hear­ing his sen­tence. The crown had re­quested 12 to 14 ad­di­tional months to his sen­tence the week prior, and he ad­mit­ted he was wor­ried that was a pos­si­bil­ity.

Pal­frey will con­tinue with school and treat­ment at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s un­til he fin­ishes his sen­tence.

His fam­ily has al­ready con­firmed they were mov­ing out of Pla­cen­tia, and Pal­frey will join them upon his re­lease.

The facts of the case

are terrifying.

Dil­lon Pal­frey sits on the pris­oner’s bench be­fore his sen­tenc­ing Wed­nes­day, Jan. 14.

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