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Sentence reduced for Kelowna man who stabbed, then duct taped the wound of rival drug dealer

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KELOWNA – A Kelowna drug dealer with dozens of criminal convictions on his record successfully appealed the length of his sentence and will be released almost two years earlier. 

Jordy Kyle Moyan is just 30 years old but already has numerous criminal convictions on his record. In 2005, the Hein Road resident was convicted of theft for the first time but within one year he was arrested and convicted again, this time of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and possessing a weapon.

Over the next 11 years he would be found guilty of trafficking, theft and other charges.

His last conviction was for stabbing a drug dealer in the lung June 1, 2015 before forcing him to steal a TV in order to pay off a debt.

“The victim’s wound was duct taped, he was given heroin and taken to a store by the appellant and his associates, and instructed to steal a television but was unable to do so” the decision says.

“When the victim’s perilous situation became clear to the wrongdoers, they dropped him off at Kelowna General Hospital and left.”

The sentencing judge described Moyan’s pre-sentence report as “one of the most depressing he had read in 25 years on the bench."

“Violence and criminality ruled (Moyan's) life from the moment he was born."

On March 10, Moyan was sentenced to six years and nine months, however an appeal judge recently ruled to reduce it.

Despite having more than 50 criminal convictions starting when he was just 14 years old, Justice Peter Willcock found the original sentence didn't take into account Moyan's First Nation background.

Willcock said Moyan has been “indelibly impacted by colonial policies of disenfranchisement” and reduced his sentence by one year and nine months to five years.

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