SUMMERSIDE — Six young Prince County men charged in connection with a violent home invasion and robbery last year in Albany have pleaded guilty to various charges, including wearing a mask in the commission of an offence.
The six were among eight scheduled to appear in Summerside provincial court Tuesday morning to answer to charges in connection with the robbery, which occurred on Aug. 17, 2012.
Two men — James Patrick Duffy, 20, of Kinkora, and Kyle Joseph Cameron, 19, of Borden-Carleton — did not appear in court, represented, instead, by their lawyers.
Duffy, charged with robbery, breaking and entering a home to commit robbery and wearing a disguise in the robbery, and Cameron, charged with breaking and entering a home to commit robbery and crime and wearing a disguise, will be back before the court March 27 at 9 a.m. to elect mode of trial.
Lyle Anthony MacDougall, 21, of Locke Shore Road; Nathan Glen Foy, 22, of Cape Traverse; Joseph David Dugay, 20, of Springfield; Nathan George Noonan, 19, of Borden-Carleton; and Logan Alexander Payne, 20, each pleaded guilty to charges of wearing a disguise in the commission of a crime and break and entering a home to commit robbery.
Each had been charged with robbery, charges that were stayed by the Crown.
Aaron Charles Lea, 18, of South Freetown pleaded guilty to a single count of robbery.
Facts and sentencing was adjourned until May 31 at 9:30 a.m. so that presentence reports could be prepared for each of the six men.
The robbery and break-in charges each carries maximum sentences of life in prison while the charge of wearing a disguise while committing a crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Diamond didn’t disclose Tuesday the sentences he was seeking.
Less than two weeks ago, another co-accused in the case, Dustin Noonan, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking and entering to commit robbery and wearing a disguise in committing the crime.
According to facts presented at sentencing, Noonan was among a group who went into an Albany home on Aug. 17 wearing masks and carrying various weapons, including a taser and knife. The taser was used on a man, who was also kicked and punched, and robbed of his smartphone and about $1,000 in cash.
According to police, the assailants and the victim were known to each other and the parties were known to deal drugs.
Noonan was identified as the principal attacker in the incident.