Man hopes vic­tims can find ‘clo­sure’ af­ter crime spree

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By ANDREA PEA­COCK

A Kelowna man has been sen­tenced to more than two years in prison for a string of break-ins and as­sault charges from fall 2016.

Leonard Arthur Morin, 29, was charged with five counts of as­sault with a weapon, one charge of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose and mis­chief un­der $5,000, for of­fences com­mit­ted Sept. 4, 2016 in West Kelowna.

He was charged with break and en­ter to com­mit an of­fence for an in­ci­dent in Kelowna on Sept. 6, 2016.

He was also charged with break­ing into a dwelling and break and en­ter to steal a firearm in West Kelowna on Nov. 8, 2016.

And fi­nally, he was charged with break and en­ter to com­mit an of­fence, will­fully ob­struct­ing a police of­fi­cer, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty un­der $5,000 and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance on Nov. 16 in Kelowna.

Morin has an ex­ten­sive record dat­ing back to 2003.

“The most ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor is of course that lengthy record," said Crown prose­cu­tor Mal­lory Tred­denick in court Mon­day. “He’s no stranger to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, which is why I’m see­ing the high sen­tences I am with re­spect to the break and en­ter as well as the as­sault.”

Tred­denick pro­posed six to nine months in jail con­cur­rent for two of the as­sault charges, 12 months for one break and en­ter charge and nine to 12 months on another break and en­ter charge and six to nine months for ob­struct­ing a police of­fi­cer.

Morin has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in Novem­ber 2016, and has served 379 days in jail.

De­fence coun­sel pro­posed a sen­tence of time served with two years pro­ba­tion.

“He does read­ily ad­mit that at the time he had re­lapsed af­ter ap­prox­i­mately a twoyear pe­riod of so­bri­ety and steer­ing clear from drugs,” he said of Morin. “He re­lapsed af­ter a per­sonal tragedy . . . and he was do­ing crys­tal meth and the crime was com­mit­ted to sup­port that habit.”

In court via video, Morin ex­pressed re­morse for his ac­tions.

“I re­ally hope the peo­ple I have neg­a­tively af­fected can have some clo­sure for what I’ve done,” he said. “I think about what I’ve done all the time, and all I’ve been able to do in 12 and a half months is work hard at bet­ter­ing my­self. I am here now for neg­a­tive rea­sons, but I want the vic­tims of my crimes and the pro­vin­cial law courts to know that I’ve learned valu­able lessons about mak­ing right and wrong de­ci­sions.”

Judge Gre­gory Ko­tur­bash sen­tenced Morin to 840 days, or about two years and four months.

With credit for time served, Ko­tur­bash said Morin had 261 days left to serve.

All other charges were stayed.

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