Ar­son­ist gets prison re­lease

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY RYAN ROSS

A Ge­orge­town man who lit an ex-girl­friend’s apart­ment on fire and forced the evac­u­a­tion of the build­ing will have con­di­tions im­posed on his re­lease from prison.

Jef­fery Dou­glas Burke has been serv­ing a sen­tence of three years, one month and 17 days for ar­son af­ter the 2013 in­ci­dent in Strat­ford.

The Na­tional Pa­role Board re­cently re­leased a re­port deal­ing with Burke’s statu­tory re­lease, in­clud­ing what con­di­tions would be nec­es­sary to pro­tect the pub­lic and help with his rein­te­gra­tion into so­ci­ety.

Burke pleaded guilty to set­ting fire to sev­eral pieces of fur­ni­ture in his for­mer girl­friend’s apart­ment while he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

At the time, Burke broke into the apart­ment and got mad when she didn’t re­turn home in the middle of the night.

The fire caused $200,000 in dam­age to the build­ing and forced sev­eral peo­ple out of their apart­ments, in­clud­ing one ten­ant who had to be res­cued from a third-floor bal­cony.

In 2009 Burke was also con­victed of as­sault­ing a for­mer girl­friend when he grabbed her by the throat and held her to the floor in what the board called a fit of rage while un­der the in­flu­ence.

As part of his re­lease, Burke must re­frain from us­ing drugs that aren’t pre­scribed or taken over the counter and he is not to con­sume, buy or pos­sess al­co­hol.

Burke is to avoid any­one he knows is in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The board also re­quired Burke to re­port all sex­ual and non-sex­ual re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships with women.

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