One of five con­victed in home in­va­sion sen­tenced to 12 months

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

An­thony Laughing, one of the five teenagers charged last year af­ter a Hamilton home in­va­sion that sent a 17-year-old oc­cu­pant of the house to hos­pi­tal with gun­shot wounds, has been sen­tenced to 12 months in jail.

Laughing, now 20, pleaded guilty last July to break­ing and en­ter­ing, and rob­bery in the Jan. 15, 2016, home in­va­sion on East­bourne Av­enue in cen­tral Hamilton.

The teenager who lived in the home was shot twice — once in his left arm, shat­ter­ing the bone, and in his left leg — by the masked in­trud­ers who broke into the res­i­dence while his mother was at work.

Laughing, sen­tenced on Thurs­day, got the equiv­a­lent of a 12month sen­tence, but with credit for time served in cus­tody and for be­ing un­der house ar­rest while on bail, he has nine months left to serve.

He was also or­dered to pro­vide au­thor­i­ties with a DNA sam­ple, is pro­hib­ited for life from pos­sess­ing firearms, and was given pro­ba­tion for a year.

All of the ac­cused have now been sen­tenced, ex­cept for Vavadean Spence, the only ac­cused opt­ing to stand trial.

The oth­ers — Laughing, then 19, and Jacob La­ten­dresse, then 18 — and two youth who can­not be named, all pleaded guilty. Two tes­ti­fied that Spence was the shooter.

La­ten­dresse was sen­tenced to nine months for his part in the home in­va­sion.

Spence, 20, is the only one left to sen­tence.

He was found guilty in June by Jus­tice An­thony Leitch of break­ing and en­ter­ing, rob­bery, rob­bery while us­ing a firearm, con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery, and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

His sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Aug. 15.

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