Bradley Adams sentenced to five years, judge offers words of advice
Bradley Adams was sentenced to five years incarceration last Friday for a 2016 home invasion in Bay Roberts.
Adams, 19, was charged with committing robbery, breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting or obstructing a police officer. He was arrested in January of 2016.
Now, Adams is facing five years in prison, minus 306 days of remand time.
Judge Bruce Short said he elected to sentence Adams to five years due to the fact he was a first-time offender, despite the seriousness of the charges and the crime, which Short described as terrorizing a woman in her home.
It was originally believed that Adams was coerced into carrying out the crime by others waiting for him outside the woman’s home, but Short confirmed this to be false during his decision.
Adams’ sentencing hearing took place April 21. During the hearing, Crown lawyer Paul Thistle suggested Adams serve six to seven years, making reference to similar cases where the accused served no less than five years.
However, Short made note of what Adams’ lawyer, Kevin Baker, said about the case, particularly Adams’ record and willingness to co-operate and improve himself.
As Adams entered the courtroom, he was joined by several members of his family, some of whom cried as they heard Short’s decision. Adams, however, remained silent, only nodding his head as he listened.
Toward the end of the announcement of his decision, Short turned to Adams to pass on some words of advice for his future.
“You’re young,” said Short. “You still have a life that you can change and improve. If I can advise you to do anything, it’s to avoid the wrong kind of people in the future. Don’t let people influence you into making any more bad decisions.”
Adams did not reply, and remained silent as police escorted him to the prisoner’s box.
Bradley Adams was arrested on Jan. 5, 2016.