Rash of crime on P.E.I. earns lengthy jail time

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 20, 2016

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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Brandon Thomas Bovyer, 25, has a long criminal record, gets 21 months in jail for yet more crime

A 25-year-old man with a long criminal record was sentenced to 21 months in jail Tuesday for a crime spree last year in Charlottetown.

The bulk of Brandon Thomas Bovyer's sentence — 15 months — was for breaking into a home.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr topped that up with several consecutive one-month sentences for a series of crimes including thefts, the use of stolen credit cards to make purchases, damage to property and breaches of probation.

Orr is crediting Bovyer 144 days for time served.

The judge told Bovyer he has had innumerable opportunities to turn his life around, but always seems to choose a bad path that has seen him parade in and out of custody the majority of his adult life.

Bovyer started smoking marijuana in junior high school and advanced to cocaine in Grade 10.

He never completed high school and would later quit a General Educational Development (GED) program.

He was described as an unreliable worker who once stole from an employer.

He also quit a rehab program at the Provincial Addiction Treatment Centre.

"He knows what he needs to do but he has never made the effort,'' said Orr.

"He steals anything that is not nailed down.''

Bovyer's prior criminal record includes assault with a weapon, break and enter, summary assault, numerous thefts and many breaches of probation.

Orr said the primary consideration in determining the sentence Tuesday was not what is good for Bovyer, but rather protection of society.

"You are at a crossroads, Mr. Bovyer,'' she said.

Bovyer's lawyer said his client would like to apologize to all of his victims and he plans to take full advantage of any programs offered at the Provincial Correctional Centre.

Bovyer also, the defence lawyer added, intends to seek help to address his drug addiction.