‘Terrible’ crimes lead to 14-month sentence
Placentia’s Dillon Palfrey in custody since last June
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
Dillon Palfrey sits on the prisoner’s bench before his sentencing Wednesday, Jan. 14.