A 23-year-old Charlottetown man who took part in a recent robbery at a Subway restaurant on St. Peters Road has been sentenced to 18 months in the provincial correctional centre.
The sentence was imposed in provincial court in the case of Keith Dylan Gallant-Taylor.
Gallant-Taylor was also sentenced to terms of three months in jail on each of two other charges, possession of a concealed weapon and wearing a mask during the commission of an offence.
All three sentences will run concurrently.
Upon release from jail, Gallant-Taylor will spend the next two years on probation, during which time he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for the use of drugs or alcohol or any underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.
He must also find and maintain employment.
A 10-year weapons prohibition was imposed.
Gallant-Taylor essentially served as the lookout for Kenneth Dennis Dove on the night of the robbery at Subway.
Dove was recently sentenced to four years in prison for robberies at Subway and That’s Entertainment.
The court was told the two men had known each other for a relatively short time when they committed the robbery in hopes of getting money to buy drugs.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas said committing crimes to get money for drugs was becoming an all-too-common story.
He noted the majority of people coming before the court have addictions issues and that for many of those people opiates are the drug of choice.
“Opiates are a very serious problem,” Douglas said.
Gallant-Taylor had no prior criminal record.
Were it not for that fact, Gallant-Taylor might have been looking at federal time.
Douglas noted a letter from Gallant-Taylor’s former employer indicated he had a strong work ethic and could be a responsible individual.
But for that to happen Gallant-Taylor has to deal with his addictions, he said.