Jason Yeo loses his appeal and will remain in federal prison

Ryan Ross
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Jason Yeo is shown at an earlier court appearance in this Guardian file photo.

A P.E.I. man who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for numerous drug offences and his role in a violent robbery of a drug dealer will be staying in prison after losing his appeals.

Jason Norman Yeo appealed his 2014 conviction for the robbery, but in a recent decision, the P.E.I. Court of Appeals found it was a reasonable verdict.

Yeo lost an appeal of his conviction for his role in a drug deal involving an associate selling cocaine to an undercover cop.

He also unsuccessfully appealed his sentence after arguing the total for all of the offences was too harsh.

In the decision on the robbery appeal, Justice Michele Murphy wrote the trial judge didn't commit any reviewable errors in reviewing the evidence and determining the facts.

Yeo was convicted for his involvement in planning the robbery of convicted drug dealer Dean Fairhurst.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison for the robbery.

In his appeal, Yeo argued the trial judge's verdict was unreasonable on the robbery because it relied on untrustworthy evidence from accomplices.

On May 28, 2012, two armed men wearing masks robbed Fairhurst at gunpoint, taping his hands and feet before beating him.

They made off with cocaine and hydromorphone pills.

Chase Roper, Derry Bird and their girlfriends, Jennifer Wakelin and Kaylee McLean, were all convicted for their roles in the robbery and testified at Yeo's trial.

Chief Justice David Jenkins wrote in the decision on the second appeal that the trial judge in the drug trafficking case properly applied the standard of proof to the evidence.

In 2012, Yeo was in a car with Roper who sold cocaine to an undercover officer.

The appeal argued the trial judge erred in concluding Yeo knew about the drug deal when he drove Roper to the parking lot where it took place.

When the drug charges were added, Yeo was sentenced to a total of 16 years in prison.

Jenkins wrote the total sentence was long, but the trial judge properly exercised his discretion.

All of the appeals were dismissed.

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  • matt
    March 21, 2016 - 14:24

    yay yay yay , im so happy , im gonna go buy a vape smoke NOT , Not from town that's for sure !

  • Joe Doe
    March 19, 2016 - 22:59

    HE LOOKS SO GOOD IN HIS SUIT THOUGH.

  • He did not know???
    March 19, 2016 - 19:34

    This is great news for people who have been affected by his lifestyle and the collaterol damage he caused to so many.....YEO did not know about the drug deal..you got to be kidding ???

  • Jimbo Johnson
    March 19, 2016 - 16:37

    He thinks the original sentence was too harsh, yet the rest of society doesn't think it was harsh enough. 16 years is quite light for the crimes he was convicted of. Glad this criminal will be locked up for a while but with our system we'll most likely see him back on the streets in 8 years or less.

  • Ally
    March 19, 2016 - 15:12

    I am definitely not a fan of yeo but I find the fact that he is doing any time for this is absurd! He did not go into and he was not there when the robbery of the drug dealer occured. As for the second charge, yes he was in the car when transaction happened but he was not the guy who did the deal. I think because of his reputation the cops wanted him and he got bad deal.

    • reply
      March 20, 2016 - 09:56

      He may or may not have not actually done anything but he propelled organize others to do it ..just like an employer delegates staff to do there job .. People like yeo try to keep there own nose clean while rounding up others to do the actual deed ..that's what drug lords do they buy a supply then get others to deliver and use ..people that are maybe addicts ..poor or poverty looking for a way to get..money Charles Manson never committed one murder ..but he deployed manipulated his followers to do so ..

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      March 20, 2016 - 10:28

      Play with fire long enough you will get burned . Is actions finely caught up to him .

  • Joe Blow
    March 19, 2016 - 14:26

    Great news....this disease needs to rot in jail for all the terrible things he's done in his life and for all the lives he's ruined with his drug pushing and violent behaviour. He still refuses to accept responsibility for his action, blaming everybody else for his decisions and calling old friends snitches and rats for giving him up. This child needs to spend the rest of his life in prison because he will never change his ways and he will never learn his lesson. He'll be back to his old ways once he is back out of prison....guaranteed.

  • kyle
    March 19, 2016 - 14:15

    he should rot in prison, he is responsible for peoples deaths, directly and indirectly. ruined many lives and destroyed families,and clearly makes the same choices everytime he gets released. throw the key away for this waste a human being

  • don
    March 19, 2016 - 13:18

    he should have been given 20 years and a day that way he must serve the full time.............

  • Joe Doe
    March 19, 2016 - 12:53

    HE LOOKS RESPECTABLE DOESN'T HE.A WOLF DRESSED AS A SHEEP.