Jason Yeo loses his appeal and will remain in federal prison

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 19, 2016
Jason Yeo
Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

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.