September 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a North Shore home more than two years ago won't be put back behind bars.
Steven Insua, 32, pleaded guilty last week to breaking into a home in March 2014 and was sentenced to time served and two years of probation in Kamloops Supreme Court today, Sept. 29.
Court heard a woman, her mother and her two sons were sitting in their home on March 16 when the homeowner noticed a man being beaten up on her front lawn. She recognized the man being assaulted and opened her front door.
Some of the men entered her home and asked if she had seen some drugs they were missing. The woman said she didn't know anything about it.
Crown prosecutor Adrienne Murphy says the men left the house, but the homeowner was able to identify one of the men as Insua.
Insua was arrested on Nov. 20, 2014 and charged with break and enter and unlawful confinement. He only pleaded guilty to the charge of break and enter and Crown stayed the charge of unlawful confinement.
Insua remained in custody for 10 months pending trial and has been on bail for the past year.
Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate said Insua has been under strict terms and has had to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
"In that one year, there hasn't been a peep from the probation people," Tate said.
Court heard Insua has been working at a pizza shop for the past year and has recently began landscaping. Tate says Insua's brother has offered him employment in the energy field in Alberta.
Supreme Court Judge Hope Hyslop sentenced Insua to a time-served sentence along with a two-year probation.
Insua is banned from possessing or owning any restricted weapons for 10 years.
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