December 01, 2014 - 2:30 PM
ENDERBY - A man with a lengthy criminal history was handed three years in prison for robbing the Enderby Liquor Store at knife-point.
Donny Glen Neigum, 42, entered the liquor store Dec. 29, 2012 with his face hidden behind a scarf and a hoodie. He brandished a knife, and pushed the handle end of it into the lone store employee’s body. He made off with cigarettes and cash. Supreme Court Justice Donegan said he stole the money to feed a drug addiction. Neigum was sentenced in Kamloops Supreme Court Oct. 21.
In a victim impact statement, the clerk said the experience was very traumatic for her. In the first few weeks after the robbery, she described feeling tense and hyper. If a customer was wearing a hoodie over their head, she would become alarmed and panicky. She continues to experience panic attacks in certain situations.
“I am bothered and become tense and anxious if a customer tries to come around my counter and blocks my exit,” she said.
Donegan outlined Neigum’s rough upbringing, involving being physically abused by his father. Neigum dropped out of high school after completing grade 10 and by the age of 19 was already racking up a long criminal record. By the time he robbed the Enderby Liquor Store, he’d already been convicted on 11 break and enters, seven thefts, five possession of stolen property offenses, three assaults, possession of a prohibited weapon and a number of breach-related charges.
“Those are some of the highlights of Mr. Neigum's unenviable record,” Donegan said.
Neigum’s drug addiction began in earnest when he was 25. Despite his criminal forays, Neigum earned a reputation as a skilled and sought after carpet layer whose employer in Kelowna sent a driver to bring him back and forth from Enderby. Neigum intends to get help in prison and beat his addiction.
Donegan said the offense carried a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, but chose to hand him a three-year jail term.
“When I consider Mr. Neigum's moral blameworthiness, I consider it to be on the higher end. This was a very serious offense committed solely by Mr. Neigum, but that is tempered somewhat by its motivation. He was motivated by his addiction and not for financial gain or otherwise,” Donegan said.
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