Re­peat of­fender

Rash of crime earns lengthy jail time

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

A 25-year-old man with a long crim­i­nal record was sen­tenced to 21 months in jail Tues­day for a crime spree last year in Char­lot­te­town.

The bulk of Bran­don Thomas Bovyer’s sen­tence — 15 months — was for break­ing into a home.

Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge Nancy Orr topped that up with sev­eral con­sec­u­tive one-month sen­tences for a se­ries of crimes, in­clud­ing thefts, the use of stolen credit cards to make pur­chases, dam­age to prop­erty and breaches of pro­ba­tion.

Orr is cred­it­ing Bovyer 144 days for time served.

The judge told Bovyer he has had in­nu­mer­able op­por­tu­ni­ties to turn his life around but al­ways seems to choose a bad path that has seen him pa­rade in and out of cus­tody the ma­jor­ity of his adult life.

Bovyer started smok­ing mar­i­juana in ju­nior high school and ad­vanced to co­caine in Grade 10.

He never com­pleted high school and would later quit a Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment (GED) pro­gram.

He was de­scribed as an un­re­li­able worker who once stole from an em­ployer.

He also quit a re­hab pro­gram at the Pro­vin­cial Ad­dic­tion Treat­ment Cen­tre.

“He knows what he needs to do, but he has never made the ef­fort,’’ said Orr.

“He steals any­thing that is not nailed down.’’

Bovyer’s prior crim­i­nal record in­cludes as­sault with a weapon, break and en­ter, sum­mary as­sault, nu­mer­ous thefts and many breaches of pro­ba­tion.

Orr said the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion in de­ter­min­ing the sen­tence Tues­day was not what is good for Bovyer but, rather, pro­tec­tion of so­ci­ety.

“You are at a cross­roads, Mr. Bovyer,’’ she said.

Bovyer’s lawyer said his client would like to apol­o­gize to all of his vic­tims, and he plans to take full ad­van­tage of any pro­grams of­fered at the Pro­vin­cial Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

Bovyer also, the de­fence lawyer added, in­tends to seek help to ad­dress his drug ad­dic­tion.

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