One of five convicted in home invasion sentenced to 12 months
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.