Bradley Adams sen­tenced to five years, judge of­fers words of ad­vice

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

FILE PHOTO

Bradley Adams was ar­rested on Jan. 5, 2016.

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