P.E.I. man has his­tory of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY RYAN ROSS THE GUARDIAN rross@the­guardian.pe.ca twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A P.E.I. man, who was sent to prison for his role in a home in­va­sion that saw a woman threat­ened with a gun to her head, had his statu­tory re­lease re­voked.

Michael Arthur Gaudet is serv­ing a two-year, 30-day sen­tence af­ter he was in­volved in a rob­bery in Petit­co­diac, N.B., in 2004.

Gaudet re­mained out­side while his ac­com­plices re­strained the vic­tim to a chair with tape, held a gun to her head and threat­ened to shoot her if she didn’t give them money.

Al­though he agreed to the rob­bery, Gaudet said he changed his mind at the last minute and waited out­side.

In 2013, Gaudet was in cus­tody for an­other of­fence and a DNA sam­ple taken at that time was matched to one taken dur­ing the rob­bery in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A re­cent re­port from the Pa­role Board of Canada deal­ing with Gaudet’s statu­tory re­lease, re­viewed an in­ci­dent dur­ing which he failed to re­turn on time to the half­way house where he was liv­ing.

Gaudet later made con­tact with his pa­role su­per­vi­sor and agreed to turn him­self in, but didn’t.

The po­lice ar­rested him a few days later.

Gaudet told his pa­role of­fi­cer he planned to walk back to the half­way house, but the side­walks were closed on the bridge he needed to take and he couldn’t af­ford to take a bus.

The board re­voked Gaudet’s re­lease, say­ing he made a bad de­ci­sion fol­lowed by fur­ther poor de­ci­sions.

Al­though his most re­cent re­lease was re­voked, Gaudet is still el­i­gi­ble for a fu­ture statu­tory re­lease and the board re­viewed his case to de­ter­mine if any spe­cial con­di­tions were nec­es­sary.

The board said Gaudet has a his­tory of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing as­sault­ing and threat­en­ing cor­rec­tional staff.

In one case, Gaudet threat­ened to take a nurse hostage. An­other time he as­saulted an in­mate and broke his jaw.

Dur­ing his next statu­tory re­lease, Gaudet will have to live in a half­way house un­til the end of his sen­tence.

The board didn’t au­tho­rize any leave priv­i­leges, say­ing Gaudet needs close mon­i­tor­ing be­cause he hasn’t shown he can fol­low rules and con­di­tions im­posed on him.

Gaudet will also be pro­hib­ited from us­ing drugs other than those pre­scribed to him. In ad­di­tion, he must fol­low any re­quired treat­ment plans and he is to avoid con­tact with any­one he knows to be in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

He must also avoid any con­tact with the vic­tim or her fam­ily.

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