‘I screwed up’: man

Theft nets city man mod­est $10 fine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Times have been tough for Peter Joseph Le­vion­nois.

So tough, the 43-year-old Char­lot­te­town man de­cided to steal an air com­pres­sor at Vic­to­ria Park on May 9.

His lawyer told Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge John Dou­glas that Le­vion­nois has “had a rough year’’.

But in his de­fence, the de­fence lawyer was quick to note, Le­vion­nois quickly re­al­ized his mis­take, and aban­doned his spur-of-the-mo­ment crime.

Le­vion­nois told the court just be­fore learn­ing his sen­tence that he re­grets his ac­tion. “I’m em­bar­rassed,’’ he said. “I feel real bad...I screwed up.’’ Le­vion­nois, who is on so­cial as­sis­tance, told the judge that he is broke and regularly goes to the soup kitchen and to the Sal­va­tion Army.

He claimed a host of ail­ments, in­clud­ing ver­tigo and phys­i­cal is­sues make work­ing a chal­lenge.

Dou­glas ap­peared sym­pa­thetic to the man’s plight.

The judge sen­tenced Le­vion­nois to six months pro­ba­tion and or­dered the man to write a let­ter of apol­ogy.

With the man’s fi­nan­cial hard­ship es­tab­lished, Dou­glas is­sued a mod­est fine of only $10 plus a $3-vic­tims of crime sur­charge.

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