May 29, 2013 - 1:30 PM
Trevor Taylor was handed four months in prison today for his involvement in a 2011 kitten hostage home invasion.
Taylor pled guilty in April on one count of uttering threats days into a jury trial.
The charges stemmed from an incident on Oct. 10, 2011 where Taylor helped take over the home of a Kamloops man.
Darren Mills allegedly owed Taylor and his associates money when they took over his North Kamloops apartment. The group threatened to harm his cat if he didn't pay up, however Mills was able to contact the police.
Jason Wolfe was convicted on Monday of assault and uttering threats for his part in the incident. He also pled guilty during the jury trial.
Brandon Schell, however, stood trial, and the jury found him not guilty.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Joel Groves that Taylor didn't stay overnight at Mills' home, unlike the other accused.
"I note that Mr. Taylor had very minimal involvement in this," Groves said.
Crown prosecutor Don Mann and Jensen offered a joint submission that the sentence be served concurrently with a seven-month sentence Taylor is currently serving for drug-related convictions he faced in January.
"I see no reason to disrupt that agreement," Groves said.
He did, however, show concern over the amount of time Taylor has spent in a courtroom over the last three years.
"Since 2011, he has been in court five times on sentencing," he said, adding that the charges weren't significant, but that the amount was concerning.
Jensen said Taylor has grown up in the school of hard knocks.
The 29-year-old man was born in Edmonton, Alta. to a drug-addicted mother and never knew his father.
"Mr. Taylor has his own issues with substance abuse," Jensen said. "He essentially raised himself."
Despite multiple incidents as a youth, Taylor had no encounters with the law from 2002 to 2011.
"What happened to you?" Groves asked. "What are you going to do that's different?"
Taylor said Kamloops is a 'small town' where he gets into trouble because of relationships he's had for 10 to 15 years.
He did fine in Calgary, Alta., but moved back to Kamloops because his six-year-old son lives here with the child's mother.
He told the court he will move to Vancouver following his incarceration.
"I'm going to leave," Taylor said.
Groves sentenced Taylor to four months in prison, backdated to April 9 when he pled guilty and to be served concurrently with his prior conviction.
Groves told Taylor that many people come in and out of court essentially serving life sentences six or seven months at a time.
"Try not to be that person," he said.
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