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Nine months jail for kitten-hostage home invasion, drug charges

May 27, 2013 - 5:53 PM

A 24-year-old Kamloops man was sentenced today after pleading guilty to charges of assault and uttering threats for his part in a home invasion and 'kitten hostage' in 2011.

Jason Wolfe was one of three accused in the Oct. 10, 2011 incident.

Brandon Schell, Trevor Taylor and Wolfe all went to trial in April accused of taking over a North Kamloops apartment belonging to Darren Mills after he allegedly owed them money.

Mills left his apartment to run errands for the men and called the cops as his cat was held hostage.

While Taylor and Wolfe pled guilty to respective charges following the victim's testimony, Schell was found not guilty by jury.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Joel Groves found the conflict difficult to get past.

"What am I to make of the fact that the jury acquitted the person who didn't plead guilty?" he said.

Crown Prosecutor Don Mann said there was nothing to make of it, adding that the whole case needed to be looked at to understand the differences.

Wolfe had his own words on the matter.

"The only reason I've pled out on these charges is I just want to get out of jail. It's not the life for me," he said.

Wolfe also pled guilty today on the federal charge of drug trafficking stemming from an incident on Nov. 29, 2011.

He was busted selling crack-cocaine to undercover police officers in a 'dial-a-dope' operation.

"He gave the officer a ball containing .4 grams of crack-cocaine," said federal Crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi.

Mann recommended six months for the provincial charges while Varresi recommended three months for the federal charge.

Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate agreed with the Crown's recommendation, but said Wolfe had already served 300 days of dead time and requested the days be put against his sentence.

Groves agreed, but also imposed a firearms prohibition for 10 years and requested a DNA sample.

Taylor is expected to be sentenced on May 29.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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