Release revoked for P.E.I. man convicted for role in home invasion

Ryan Ross
Published on January 18, 2016

Scales of justice

A P.E.I. man, who was sent to prison for his role in a home invasion that saw a woman threatened with a gun to her head, had his statutory release revoked.

Michael Arthur Gaudet is serving a two-year, 30-day sentence after he was involved in a robbery in Petitcodiac, N.B., in 2004.

Gaudet remained outside while his accomplices restrained the victim to a chair with tape, held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give them money.

Although he agreed to the robbery, Gaudet said he changed his mind at the last minute and waited outside.

In 2013, Gaudet was in custody for another offence and a DNA sample taken at that time was matched to one taken during the robbery investigation.

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A recent report from the Parole Board of Canada dealing with Gaudet’s statutory release, reviewed an incident during which he failed to return on time to the halfway house where he was living.

Gaudet later made contact with his parole supervisor and agreed to turn himself in, but didn’t.

The police arrested him a few days later.

Gaudet told his parole officer he planned to walk back to the halfway house, but the sidewalks were closed on the bridge he needed to take and he couldn’t afford to take a bus.

The board revoked Gaudet’s release, saying he made a bad decision followed by further poor decisions.

Although his most recent release was revoked, Gaudet is still eligible for a future statutory release and the board reviewed his case to determine if any special conditions were necessary.

The board said Gaudet has a history of violent behaviour, including assaulting and threatening correctional staff.

In one case, Gaudet threatened to take a nurse hostage. Another time he assaulted an inmate and broke his jaw.

During his next statutory release, Gaudet will have to live in a halfway house until the end of his sentence.

The board didn’t authorize any leave privileges, saying Gaudet needs close monitoring because he hasn’t shown he can follow rules and conditions imposed on him.

Gaudet will also be prohibited from using drugs other than those prescribed to him. In addition, he must follow any required treatment plans and he is to avoid contact with anyone he knows to be involved in criminal activity.

He must also avoid any contact with the victim or her family.