Light sentence for former Kelowna drug dealer who started a new life

KELOWNA – A former addict who turned his life around was given a second chance in Kelowna court today.

Justice Alan Betton described Jerimiah Dwyer’s formative years as “unstructured.” He was a victim of abuse and exposed to drug use at an early age.

On Aug. 28, 2014, he was arrested in downtown Kelowna after reports of a man behaving erratically.

Dwyer had been taking GHB that day and when police searched him they found tins containing bags of cocaine, methamphetamine and brass knuckles.

He was charged and found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking, causing a disturbance and possessing an unauthorized weapon.

When given the chance to speak, Dwyer’s voice shook as he apologized repeatedly for his crimes.

“I regret my actions and my decisions,” he said. “I was making friends with the wrong people. I truly and honestly feel remorse for what I’ve done.”

Crown lawyer Clarke Burnett wanted between four and six months in jail but Betton sentenced him to 75 days to be served intermittently.

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