Yeo sentenced to seven years in prison on drug charges

Ryan Ross
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Jason Yeo

A Charlottetown man who is already serving nine years in prison for armed robbery had another seven years added to his sentence Monday in P.E.I. Supreme Court.

But after already spending 634 days in custody, Jason Norman Yeo, 31, will get enough credit to reduce the latest sentence to four years and 271 days on top of whatever else he has left to serve.

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Yeo appeared before Justice Wayne Cheverie in Charlottetown for sentencing on several charges dating back to 2012 after an investigation known as Operation Latte involving the RCMP and Charlottetown police.

Cheverie sentenced Yeo to serve five years for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and two years for trafficking cocaine, both to be served consecutive to each other and the time he is already serving. The judge also sentenced Yeo to four months each on 11 other charges related to breaches of court orders, all to be served concurrently.

Cheverie gave Yeo credit at a rate of 1.3 days for every day served.

That meant Yeo got a total credit of two years and 94 days because he has been in custody since his arrest.

The sentencing came after Cheverie found Yeo guilty in February of drug trafficking after he was in a vehicle with Chase James Roper when the latter sold a bag of cocaine to an undercover police officer for $500.

Yeo previously pleaded guilty to the other charges against him after an investigation in which police seized more than $60,000 worth of drugs, along with drug paraphernalia and several weapons.

He was sentenced in March for his role in 2012 armed robbery in Emyvale.

It took Cheverie more than an hour to deliver his decision Monday, and throughout the proceedings Yeo showed little emotion as he rocked in his chair with his wrists handcuffed and hands folded in his lap.

The lawyers for all sides previously made a joint recommendation of eight years in total, although the defence suggested it be served concurrent to the sentence Yeo is already serving, which led Cheverie to say it really wasn’t a joint recommendation at all.

“They are eight years apart,” Cheverie said.

In handing down the sentence, Cheverie said he had to consider what would be appropriate and while he agreed with the recommendations of eight years, he thought a consecutive sentence would be fitting.

Cheverie said the defence argued Yeo’s actions were all closely linked or related, which meant a concurrent sentence was appropriate.

He disagreed and said within a few months of his release from prison for a previous offence, Yeo was back in the drug business.

“While I applaud the ingenuity of defence counsel in his argument, I cannot accept it.”

Cheverie said there weren’t any victim impact statements filed in the case, but the courts were aware of the lives that are ruined and families that are destroyed by people like Yeo.

“This is all done for profit without any concern for the havoc that is wreaked upon our community,” he said.

Although he agreed with the eight-year sentence recommendation, Cheverie said he had to consider whether the combined sentence of 17 years for those offences and the armed robbery was too harsh or unduly long as set out in the principles of sentencing.

Cheverie said it might be too long and required an adjustment so he reduced the sentence on the trafficking charge from three years to two, which lowered the total sentence to 16 years. Along with the jail time, Cheverie ordered a lifetime weapons prohibition.

After the court dealt with Yeo’s sentence, the federal Crown withdrew all of the charges his girlfriend, Samantha Keenan, was facing.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • missisland
    June 10, 2014 - 07:03

    Gonna miss ya buddy... so Sad couldnt make it... :-(

  • HAHAH
    June 09, 2014 - 22:44

    LOOSER, you got what you deserved and the boys in the pen will take care of the rest! Great job by our police force and courts, finally getting rid of this garbage from our island.

  • Bill
    June 09, 2014 - 21:05

    Should've just committed murder......he would've been out in 5 years or less. You all know that this case will be appealed and the sentence will be cut in half? Pretty good sentence though I must say nevertheless.

  • Star
    June 09, 2014 - 20:13

    So sorry I missed your big day! Oh well! Safe travels, and keep that chin up. Karma slaps hard doesn't it!!

  • moi
    June 09, 2014 - 15:50

    Good riddance!

  • don
    June 09, 2014 - 15:06

    in the pic he is sitting there with a little grin. he should have gotten 3 times that. thinking of how many kids he has sold drugs to.

  • Phil Fougere
    June 09, 2014 - 14:30

    Good riddance. I hope the numerous people he has victimized throughout his life can move on.

  • Stratford Tax Payer
    June 09, 2014 - 13:23

    13 years 271 days. 2/3 of that is what he will serve. 10 years inside renous because of his violence. This young man will never be the same. Welcome to the jungle young fella. Great sentence by the courts. All the major players need to be sentenced like this.