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Summerside court house.
Allan Joseph Gallant, 45, arranges for a boy to deliver a sedative-laced coffee to victim before robbery
Allan Joseph Gallant is going to jail for two years less a day for, among other things, getting a 14-year-old to deliver a sedative-laced coffee to an 82-year-old man, then robbing him.
The 45-year-old resident of Alberton pleaded guilty to a number of charges against him in Summerside provincial court Tuesday. The sentence was a joint recommendation from the Crown and Gallant’s attorney.
Gallant apologized to his victims and his family in an emotional speech prior to sentencing. He told the court his most recent crimes were committed because he’d gotten into debt with a drug dealer, who then threatened his family, and he needed money quickly to pay his debt.
“I know words can’t erase what I did, but my heart was telling me to right this,” said Gallant.
“I feel very remorseful for what I’ve done and for anyone I hurt – because that is not me. I was a very easy going person and a good dad and son before drugs, I’m not the same person at all. So once again, I’m sorry and hope people will forgive me for what I’ve done.”
There was a victim impact statement written by the man who Gallant drugged, but judge Jeff Lantz read that in silence.
Lantz noted the severity of the crime in his sentencing, saying the 82-year-old victim could have been killed.
“The facts are pretty bad,” said Lantz.
“He may have been in the throes of addictions, but that’s not an excuse. I’ve read the victim impact statement and (the incident) certainly has had a profound impact on (the victim), his health, his mental well being.
“It’s not something a man in his 80s should have to be dealing with.”
The drugging incident happened on Dec. 21, 2015.
An RCMP investigation revealed that Gallant gave a coffee to a 14-year-teen and told him to take it to the victim, who was known in the community to carry large sums of money in his wallet. Gallant had laced the coffee with a sedative.
The victim later described collapsing after drinking the coffee, but was coherent enough to see Gallant enter the home and take his wallet out of his back pocket, it contained $800 as well as the man’s IDs and credit cards.
In total, Gallant pleaded guilty to administering a noxious substance and theft in relation to the drugging.
He also pleaded guilty to theft from Summerside Kent Building Supplies, and breaking and entering into an unoccupied home in Union and obstructing a police investigation by falsely reporting that his vehicle, which police knew was used in the break-in had been stolen.
He also pleaded guilty possession of stolen property related to another break in near Alberton.
All the incidents took place between October and December 2015.
In addition to serving his jail time, Gallant must also serve probation once he’s released and pay back several hundred dollars for what he stole, as well as victim service charges.